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Forgiveness

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
Jesus went on to expand that part of the model prayer. “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14 and 15).
We have forgiveness because of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. He shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28). God forgives us because of His Son’s obedience (Hebrews 5:8-9, and Philippians 2:6-9). However, we must obey Jesus (Hebrews 5:9) and demonstrate our appreciation of His forgiveness. If we refuse to forgive others, who are created in God’s image, we can render God unable to extend his forgiveness to us (Matthew 6:15).

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Taking Chances

Scripture Reading – Ephesians 5:15-16

Today’s Bible Thought: “And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:19).


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Hardly Expected

“But the man named Ananias with his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property and kept back part of the price for himself, with his wife’s full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 5:1, 2).
Sin never brings those involved what was pictured or promised, because the less invested in truth, integrity, and spiritual security, the less the return. Like the fellow whose plan was to rob a store by handing the clerk a ten dollar bill so she’d have to open the cash register drawer and he could grab the money.

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