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Prayer #2— Forgiving Answers

The tax-gatherer said, “Be merciful to me, the sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified … for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:13–14 This is the simplest of the prayers that elicit the forgiveness of God. While it does … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Having a Clean Conscience

From the perspective of someone who has experienced a personal injustice, the purpose of forgiving the offender is reestablishing the relationship. When God forgives us, he removes the barrier our sin erected between us, demonstrating that he wants us to refresh our friendship. The same is true of human relationships, such as those between marriage … Continue reading

Forgiven #8—Forgiven Praise

If you should mark iniquities, O Eternal, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you might be feared. Psalm 130:3–4 Everything you do, Heavenly Father, shows me how magnificent you are; but especially your forgiveness! Forgiving me does not make you appear weak. Instead, it displays your great wisdom and power. It … Continue reading

Forgiven #7—Forgiven Forever

“I will put my law within them, on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. … They shall all know me …,” declares the Eternal, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:33–34 One of the benefits of being forgiven … Continue reading

Forgiven #6—Forgiving Patience

The Lord is not negligent concerning his promise, as some count negligence, but is patient toward you all, not intending for any of you to perish but for all of you to come to full repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 All doctors know that some of the promises they make regarding our health take longer to … Continue reading

Forgiven #5—Prayerful Forgiveness

If you forgive people for stepping out of line against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, your heavenly Father will not forgive your stepping out of line against him. Matthew 6:14–15 Jesus elaborates on only one petition in the prayer he taught his disciples. He wants … Continue reading

Forgiven #4—Happily Forgiven

I rejoice that my correction of you made you sad enough to repent. This godly sorrow produces a repentance without regret in that it results in salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:8–10 “Of all the words of tongue or pen, these are the saddest: It might have been.” Fortunately, … Continue reading

Forgiven #3—Forgiven Love

“Her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven. … Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:47–50 Jesus suggests that we imagine ourselves to be debtors who owe more than … Continue reading

Forgiven #2—Justly Forgiven

If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, … the blood of God’s Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. … If we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7–9 The one thing that we can … Continue reading

Forgiven #1—Forgiveness First

Then the Eternal passed by in front of Moses and proclaimed, “The Eternal, the Eternal God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in kindness and faithfulness; who preserves kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet he will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” Exodus 34:6–7 Day by day, moment … Continue reading