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The Grace of Forgiveness

It’s Give and Take

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

Dear Friends: Forgiveness, giving and receiving of such, can become a stepping stone to greater things with God, or a stumbling block, both to ourselves and others, if not understood, and in love, put into practice in our daily lives. I pray today that all who read these words of inspiration will be encouraged on their spiritual journey, and come to know that forgiveness is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. And just as grace, healing, mercy and love, and all the good and precious promises, mean so much to us, so too will forgiveness when one understands the impact it has on our lives, and the lives of those around us.

How precious to know that we as God’s children are forgiven, past, present and future. How inspiring to realize that we don’t have to stand before God each day and feel guilty or condemned. How refreshing to know that we can go in and out and find pasture freely, knowing God has forgiven us through the sacrifice of Jesus and His completed work on the cross. He accepts us as we are, as He made us, and what He made is good. Through the sacrificial work of Jesus on the cross, God has reconciled us to Him and has presented us holy, unblameable and unreproveable in His sight, if we continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and move not away from the hope of the gospel (Colossians 1:21-23). Remain in the faith, beloved, settled and grounded in the fact that our sins are forgiven. Know too that all the hidden treasures awaiting us on our journey with the Lord will be revealed to us as we by faith and patience wait for the Lord.

It is easy to ask Jesus into our hearts, to allow Him to become the Lord of our lives. It is easy to humbly ask forgiveness for our own sins. But I say to you in love, it is not always easy to believe the blood of Jesus has cleansed us and set us free. At times we may not feel forgiven. There are seasons we may wrestle with the aspect of sin and the impact it has had on our lives, but because of Jesus completed work, we have been saved, forgiven, cleansed and healed by His blood, shed so willingly that we who receive Him might have life and have it more abundantly. Yet forgiving others is equally as important. And I say equally because it is a give and take situation in our lives, can’t have one without the other, if I may put it in its most basic form.

In love reach out and forgive anyone the Lord might lay on our hearts. Scripture relates it in the following way: Mark 11:25 - And when ye stand praying, forgive, if he have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. If you have an unresolved issue with another person and you refuse to forgive because of the pain and confusion it has brought you, it will corrupt your love walk and taint your testimony of the love which is in Christ Jesus and His completed work.

Let these words of inspiration and words of encouragement minister a word to your heart today to reach out and forgive anyone and everyone for anything and everything, for in so doing you release them and you release yourself to receive freely from God. Your slate will be washed clean and above all, dear ones, your heart will be at peace.

As God forgives us, let us turn and forgive those that may have offended us, knowing of a surety that forgiving is the will of God and great grace will be added to us. For how can we enjoy our Lord to the full if we try to carry grudges and hold on to the burdens of unforgiveness? It is similar to sowing and reaping, sow forgiveness and you will reap forgiveness, a bountiful harvest, pressed down and running over with peace that surpasses understanding, and unspeakable joy for the release that forgiveness brings. The love of God and His care of us will acknowledge any wrongs we may have suffered, and when we believe He will acknowledge us, we relinquish the desire to take matters into our own hands. Thus we are free to live and to love and that river of life will flow without hindrance. May you experience this freedom today and be at peace.

The grace of our Lord be with you all.

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