Forgiveness is a fundamental part of the Christian faith. And your forgiveness grows through encountering God and meditating on His Word.
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Today’s Verse: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
At the beginning of the chapter you will see that the Apostle Paul is writing with lowliness and weakness. It tell us his attitude. This is pretty wild when you begin to think about all that he has gone through. He has been beaten and treated badly. He knows a thing of two about forgiveness. In our main verse we will see whose example we should follow when it comes to forgiveness. It is even greater than Paul’s. We are to forgive as Jesus forgives. The book of Ephesians is full of details about how God forgave us. You should look for them when you read this book over the next few days.
Today’s Verse: For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:12
We really don’t know much about forgiveness. It is rarely modeled for us as it should be. We should be thankful that God’s Word will help us define words like this. We can look at what God calls forgiveness and we will really know what it is. You will see here in our verse how God has chosen to not remember our iniquities any more. Wow! What an incredible level of forgiveness we have been forgiven. As much as possible, through the power of God, should we offer the same to others in forgiveness.
Today’s Verse: : Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
You may have heard it said before “but only a child of the King would dare ask for a drink of water in the middle of the night.” That helps us understand the way we can come to God. Sometimes when you have done something wrong to someone or they have done something wrong to you, you try to ignore them. Because of the forgiveness offered to us by the blood of Jesus we can now have a restored relationship. Is there someone you wish you could have a restored relationship with today?
Today’s Verse: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22
I don’t know if you enjoy math but you probably know that seven times seventy is a pretty big number. It is exponentially more than what the disciples had thought was reasonable. How often we should be willing to forgive someone is probably exponentially more than you think as well. Today would be a good day to stop counting how much you have been offended and start looking to your ability to forgive others because of how much you have been forgive. We can all say we have sinned against God more than 490 times.
Today’s Verse: A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19
This is “real talk.” Repairing a broken relationship is not easy. It often takes hard work and time to rebuild the trust that was lost. It is very much worth it! God can give you the strength to forgive. He can also give you the courage to not only to ask for forgiveness to live a life that demonstrates that you truly have repented of your wrong actions towards others. Don’t give up on broken relationships. We are able to do all things through Christ – this is one of those “all things.”
Today’s Verse: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19
This is a more challenging verse to read. I would encourage you to really focus on the middle of the verse. What does God delight in? Mercy! This is good news for us. When you have an option to show mercy.. do it! God delights in this this. In showing mercy to others we are glorifying God. This is what we want to do with our lives more than anything else!
Today’s Verse: Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:22-23
This is a heavy verse. It connects our willingness to forgive with our worship! Before we offer a gift to God we should reconcile with our brother. Giving gifts to God is about more than the right gift, it requires the right heart. An unforgiving heart is a heart not able to worship. Is your heart ready for worship?