Devotions Week 16:
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. ~ Marianne Williamson
|Father, forgive them. Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”||Luke 23:34
|Forgive as you have been forgiven. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.||Colossians 3:12-13
|Righteousness through faith in His blood shed for us. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ Jesus.||Romans 3:23-24
|Walking in the light. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.||1 John 1:6-7
|Forgiveness and mercy. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”||Matthew 18:21-22
|Show mercy as you have been shown mercy. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicket servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant just as I have had on you?’ In anger the master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.”||Matthew 18:32-34
|Repenting of our sins. But this is how God fulfilled what He had foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.||Acts 3:18-19
‘Forgive our sins as we forgive,’ You taught us Lord to pray,
But You alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.
How can Your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?
In blazing light Your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew,
How small the debts men owe to us, how great our debts to You.
Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease;
Then, reconciled to God and man, our lives will spread Your peace.