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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016 FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is such an important part of healing. When we forgive, it allows us to let go of the past and the pain so we can move on. Forgiveness from others allows the healing to begin in the relationship. We are to forgive because God is willing to forgive us and pardon us of our sins when we repent to Him. Even though we may have to be disciplined for our wrong actions, we can always have hope and rejoice knowing God forgives and restores so we can move on.

Micah 7:18 "Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love." (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know we mess up. We know we get on the wrong path at times. Yet we know You forgive. We are so grateful You are a forgiving God. Help us to forgive those who have hurt us as well. Show us how to forgive, to love and to be kind to even those who do wrong to us. Remind us we are to forgive as You have forgiven us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

When we choose to forgive others rather than hold a grudge, we will be living in obedience to God.

Those who won't forgive others will have a hard time receiving forgiveness from those they have hurt.

When we are willing to forgive others, God will also forgive us for our wrong doing.

Matthew 6:15a "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." (NIV)

God forgives and we must as well.

Colossians 3:13 "Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." (NLT)

Focus: It is possible to forgive others when we put our focus on obeying God.
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