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Morning Reflection: “The Need of Forgiveness” - “The Holy Spirit” …


Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.


THE NEED OF FORGIVENESS


"Sometimes we need a housecleaning of the heart."

CATHERINE MARSHALL


EPHESIANS 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [a]clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.


"CUT OFF CLAMOR and you will clip the wings of anger...there is but one thing in which it is useful to cry aloud-in preaching and in teaching"-(JohnChr):


"When someone hurts you, the act of forgiveness is difficult but necessary. Until you forgive, you are trapped in a prison of your own creation. Most of us don't spend too much time thinking about forgiveness; we worry instead, about the injustices we have suffered and the people who inflicted them. God has a better plan: He wants us to live in the present, not the past, and He knows that in order to do so, we must forgive those who have harmed us."

(Overcoming Tough Times devotional page 178)


"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."

C. S. LEWIS


MATTHEW 18:21-22

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.


SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN: symbolic of an unlimited amount: the parable is saying and teaching us the importance of unlimited forgiveness to everyone we encounter and who harms us in anyway.


ADDITIONAL READINGS

Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25; Matthew 5:7; and Matthew 5:43-45, Joel 3:12-21, Joel 2:12-26


The Lord will pour out His Spirit

Joel 2:28-30

[a] “And it shall come to pass afterward,    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,    your old men shall dream dreams,    and your young men shall see visions.29 Even on the male and female servants    in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.


"Two works of mercy set a man free: forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive."

SAINT AUGUSTINE


Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you;


25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,


And be gracious to you;


26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,


And give you peace.” ’


In Christ love Jared W Campbell






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