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True forgiveness

Jesus taught us to forgive.

Matthew 18:22 NKJV — Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

He told a parable about forgiveness.

Matthew 18:22-35

His most incredible truth is He forgave, in the midst of suffering.

Luke 23:34 KJV — Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

This true forgiveness didn’t end here.

Acts 7:59-60 NKJV — And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Through Jesus, we are forgiven by God of our sin, our wrong, our trespass.

And Jesus showed with His very life we too are to forgive.

In the midst of the suffering, in the middle of the pain, we are to look not at the wrong-doer, but instead at Jesus, the Healer.

It isn’t easy.

It’s not a one time thing.

It is a way of life, a choice, and a beautiful daily gift, from God to us and from us to others.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for forgiveness. Lord, please help me to walk with You in all things. Please help me to live in true forgiveness each day. Lord, thank You for Your example in all things.

Luke 11:2-4NKJV — So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

For Thine is the kingdom and the glory forever. Amen.

Never too late…

I had a dream.

I wanted to share it with you.

There was a run down house.

It belonged to a farmer.

An old man known for his gruff words and harsh temper.

He worked hard every day on his farm, but he never did more than patch his old house.

A group of boys, led by a rapscallion of a teenager were full of mischief one day.

They had decided to play a prank on the old man.

Years ago, before they were even born a terrible storm had come and the man, young at the time, had boarded over all the windows to protect his home.

For some odd reason, every board still remained in place.

Those boys decided to jerk down the boards from the large window which faced the road.

Then they hid to see how the old man would respond.

When the old man shuffled into the house he didn’t look out the window like they expected.

Instead his eyes were fixed upon something laying on the table where the sunlight shone brightly.

He slowly went over and to the boys’ surprise, he sat down, sobbing, and lay his head on the table.

He just sat there with his head on the table, never looking out the window, weeping.

The boys were shocked and embarrassed.

They began to drift toward the road, but still in sight of the old man through that big picture window.

Suddenly another came past the house.

He saw the boys, but what surprised him most was the window and what he saw through it.

His voice was lost after the first ejaculation of surprise.

Tentatively the youngest boy asked, “Mr. Maccullin, why did old Jasper leave his windows boarded up?”

The man rubbed his chin and patted the boy gently on the shoulder.

“Well, he was married back then, to a pretty little woman who adored him. She took sick during that storm and died so sudden like, he never really recovered.”

Mr. Maccullin and the boys all went away, carrying the sad picture of the old man with them.

The next day was Sunday.

The boys and Mr. Maccullin along with all the folks had a great shock that morning.

In walked the old man.

He was cleaner and wore a smile.

Underneath his arm was a well used Bible.

He walked straight to the pastor and asked if he might share a quick word.

The pastor nodded solemnly.

With a shaky voice the old man spoke.

“I don’t know who dun it. But God used someone’s fool prank to get me back. You see ever since I lost my dear wife, I’ve been mad at God. But He never did give up on me. Yesterday, when I walked in the house, there was a huge ray of sunlight shining upon my dear Elsie’s Bible. It still lay open, same as the last time she was reading it. I know, my dear Elsie is with Jesus and I want to be there too.”

He wiped his eyes with the back of his hand and sat down.

The Reverend stepped forward and spoke, “On this Earth, it’s never too late to come to Jesus.”

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It’s true.

No matter what tragedy or selfishness has kept someone refusing the love of Jesus Christ, it’s never too late, on this Earth, to surrender.

And for those of us who already know the blessed love of Jesus as a daily miracle, it’s a reminder.

Don’t ever stop loving others, especially those who are difficult.

Instead pray that the ray of God’s Son will shine into their heart and soul and save them.