Words from the Heart for Thursday December 2nd, 2021

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

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Forgive, Forgiven

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Forgiveness is so freeing. We experience God’s forgiveness when we repent of our sins and invite Jesus to be our Saviour. I remember one person telling me after they prayed to invite Jesus to remove their sin, “I felt a 75-pound load lift off my body.” Forgiveness does that. It sets us free from our past and frees us to live a life of spiritual joy and victory. But as usual, Jesus doesn’t let us just sit and enjoy that freedom. He calls us to a higher standard. In the sermon on the mount He taught His followers this in Matthew 6:14-15: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Those of us who have been forgiven are called to set others free by forgiving them. If there are those who have wronged us, we must forgive them. Jesus says if we don’t, God won’t forgive us. Our relationship to Jesus is a free gift, but once we have been forgiven, we are called to forgive others. We have no choice.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley