The glory is God’s, so we repent of our sins, confess the truth, and acknowledge that he is holy and just. May God forgive us and shine his face upon us. His glory is in his mercy, his praise in his power!
The God who knows all, since before time began, who is omniscient, forgives and forgets sins.
The God who is holy and righteous wipes away every blot and stain upon our souls.
The God who never acts against his own nature makes our rebellion disappear.
The God who loves eternally and rejoiced in the creation of man loves us still and gave us hope in his Son Jesus Christ.
Praise and honor and glory be his forevermore!
Glory to God for the gift of forgiveness, which begins at baptism and continues throughout the life of the Christian, for we all stumble in many things! Glory to him who is willing and able to forgive, not only time and again, but continually cleansing us from all sin. To him belongs all praise and honor!
READ: “Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.” Lk 17.3.
THINK: We can’t refuse to forgive a brother and expect God’s forgiveness, Mt 6.12-15. Forgiveness is more than not taking a brother’s error into account; it seeks his restoration through loving confrontation. He who loves rebukes; letting a brother continue in sin shows a lack of concern for his eternal destiny. Continue reading
READ: “and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” Lk 11.4.
THINK: Forgiving one’s brother is a condition to receiving God’s forgiveness. It must be from the heart, Mt 18.35, and has no limits, Lk 17.1-10. Forgiveness means regaining a brother and is thus a joyful process, for forgiveness means reconciliation and deliverance, Col 1.14; Eph 1.17. Continue reading
Despair is perhaps the worst of emotions, for it immobilizes and keeps one from advancing in life. The worst of despair is that which feels sadness for sin, for nothing can be done to remove sin or cancel its effects.
This is why the Psalmist’s phrase is encouraging: Continue reading
The Good News has unlimited power to transform. God forgives, causes to be born again, transfers from one moment to the next from the kingdom of darkness to his kingdom of light. In the same way that Jesus’ cures were instantaneous, God’s spiritual action is immediate.
Jesus went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. So a report about him spread throughout Syria. People brought to him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions, those who had seizures, paralytics, and those possessed by demons, and he healed them.
Matthew 4.23-24 NET Continue reading
At my first defense no one appeared in my support; instead they all deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it.
2 Timothy 4:16 NET Continue reading
Every morning, in homes across the land, someone gets up, sets the table, buys bread, prepares breakfast for the family. One beautiful morning, at the water’s edge, Jesus also prepares and serves breakfast to seven disciples.
Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.
John 21:13 NTL Continue reading
Did you catch these items in the reading? Below the fold: two hints, one revelation, two invitations. Continue reading