Lenten Journey Day 14 – The Promise of Forgiveness

Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven…”

Forgiveness is more than simply asking for it, the Bible and the teachings of Jesus are clear in that to receive forgiveness, we must forgive others who have wronged us whether and most assuredly when they don’t deserve it. Isn’t that precisely what we do to God? There is absolutely nothing worthy in our attempts to seek forgiveness we are sinful by nature and from inception. It is God’s grace and mercy that bestows forgiveness upon and to us. We can not expect or should even ask for forgiveness if in our hearts and minds we are holding onto grudges and insults and wrongdoings of others, we must live into and through our beliefs that forgiveness is for everyone, regardless of its intent and circumstances. “…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” 1 Corinthians 8:6. Amen!

1 John 1:5-10 “This is the message we have heard from  and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

Psalm 19:7-14 “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

~Blessings and Peace~

Preparing for Easter by C.S.Lewis
The Weight of Glory “On Forgiveness” by C.S.Lewis