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FORGIVENESS

By David Mantock

 

As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our transgressions from us. Godly forgiveness is truly wonderful. The Lord not only forgives but also forgets the sins we confess before him. It is this type of forgiveness that allows us to experience God’s love. For us to love after the same pattern, we must forgive without keeping score. Each of our hearts should be one that seeks pardon for our brothers and sisters, one that looks to see that evil may be overcome with the truth of the gospel. This may be at some cost to us, but the Lord is our supply, and his joy is our strength. We are not agents of strife, we are ambassadors of peace, and as such we apply the divine law of love – the love which covers a multitude of sins. Our affairs must be conducted with discretion so that we avoid injury to others. We are encouraged to be zealous of good works, so surely this is an important part of our conduct. Let us be holy, for he is holy. Let us trust in our saviour, who was given to us to always be with us. His thoughts and actions towards us cannot be recounted, his goodness to us cannot be numbered. His name is Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

From the "From the Pulpit" newsletter distributed by the International Church of Berne. You are most welcome at their church services. For more information, or to be added to the ICB mailing list, write HERE.

 

 


From the January 2011 issue of The Vine & Branches