Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

THE WORD OF   FORGIVENESS

When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Him, along   with the criminals–one on His right, the other on His left. Jesus said,   “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke   23:33-34

Prayer

Father, what a lesson   our Lord taught us in His first cry from the cross! We see the great loving   heart of Christ as He prayed for those who were putting Him to death. In   a sense, He is practicing what He preached when He told us to “love your   enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Our Lord‘s enemies had just   driven nails into his body, and He asked You to forgive them. We’ve come   to Calvary‘s cross to be shown the way to forgive. Help us, Lord! We too   are frequently sinned against, but may we also seek to be   forgiving, and, in so doing, set an example for others. We ask this   in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
COMMENT: Recently I reread the story of Joseph’s early life just to make sure I had come to the right conclusion. As you know, the future #2 man in Egypt had a couple of dreams of grandeur and, in my opinion, he didn’t use wisdom by telling his brothers those visions.
They were already jealous of him because their father showed partiality to his youngest son. I believe that Joseph allowed his mouth to get him into trouble by those disclosures. However, God had a distinct plan for his life and, through all the trials and tribulations, Joseph kept the faith and was delivered. Again, this is just conjecture, but I believe that our hero could have arrived at his designated destination without as much grief if he had been a little more discrete about the future God revealed to him.
My conclusion is that we Christians may make blunders along our journeys which may cause us a few bruises, but if we continue to be strong in faith, God will fulfill the promises made to us.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Genesis 37:3-11
WISE SAYING: GOD CAN STILL BLESS US, EVEN WHEN WE DON’T BRING OUR “A GAME” WITH US.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Certainly not. How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:1&2)
COMMENT: In Virginia where I reside, there is a huge traffic problem The State Legislators came up with a rather unique way of raising bucks to construct roads in an effort to alleviate the horrid situation. Virginia citizens will be charged huge sums of money for different infractions while driving in this state. Speeding, driving without a license, diving under the influence, etc. may now cost offenders hundreds of dollars, a huge increase over the previous fines. This new law took effect the first of July and I have seen the affect it has had on local drivers. The last time I was on the road, I was amazed to see that just about everyone was going no more that 5 to10 miles over the speed limit. In a similar vein, I read an article by David Wilkerson*** in which he puts forth the concept that Christians would strive to get rid of some sinful practice that is clinging to them if they truly understood the “penalties” that would be assessed: (1)The longer you continue in sin, the more you’re in danger of hardening your heart. (Hebrews 3:12-13) (2) If you continue in sin, you’ll face the rod of God. (Heb. 12:6) (3) If you continue in sin, you’ll experience a constant drain of peace and strength. (Psalm 31:10) (4) If you continue in sin, you’ll lose your usefulness to God’s kingdom. (1 Samuel 13:13-14)
**** “Times Square Church Pulpit Series” dated 3/20/2000
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Please read the 4 Scripture references above.
WISE SAYING: WISDOM CONSIDERS HOW MY ACTIONS OF TODAY WILL IMPACT MY TOMORROW.
Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire