They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.

Nehemiah 9:17 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

A Forgiving God

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If you have ever been on the receiving end of genuine forgiveness, you know how truly liberating that is. To be set free from the feelings of guilt and shame, having let someone down, or hurt them, or disappointed them, is one of the greatest gifts one human being can give to another. If this is true of forgiveness received from another human being, it is so much more when we experience God’s forgiveness. Ultimately, all sin is against Him. King David speaks to this in Psalm 51, when he is confessing his sin with Bathsheba. He says to the Lord that against Him he has sinned. So, when we sin, we need to come humbly before our Creator and count on the truth of Nehemiah 9:17: “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.” Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can experience the gracious, compassionate, forgiving God.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley