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Stepping Stones: A Startling Warning

Stepping Stones: A Startling Warning
August 5, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful; least understood and most commonly underused concepts included in the Bible.
Jesus gives us all a startling warning about not forgiving others; if we refuse to forgive others, God will also refuse to forgive us. (Now we know God does forgive us even though there is no way we can perfectly and totally forgive all those who have transgressed us.) Think about it – how long are you willing to go without the forgiveness of God. Great sinners are transformed into exceptional Christian all because of the power of forgiveness…the gift of forgiveness.
Give this gift to yourself and to others.
Jesus modeled forgiveness for us. Think of all those who Jesus forgave; the woman caught in adultery, Peter for denying he knew Jesus, the criminal on the cross…and those who crucified him. The giving of forgiveness brings joy and peace…the withholding of forgiveness brings bitterness.
Today don’t let anything get in the way of you forgiving others. If you are withholding forgiveness you are missing a wonderful opportunity to experience joy…and spreading it to other. Make your joy grow today and gain the must-have forgiveness of your Lord for your sins.

Prayer
Dear Father,
Thanks be to You Lord for Your incredible gift of forgiveness. Where would I be without it…buried under a ton of sin and shame. I am so quick to ask for Your Forgiveness Lord…but so slow to forgive others. Help me remember that forgiving others lifts a heavy burden off me…and places me back under the grace of Your forgiveness. I thank You Lord for the many examples of forgiveness demonstrated by Your Son Jesus. I seek to forgive as Jesus forgave…I seek the mind of Christ.
Help me Lord spread Your message about forgiveness.
I pray this through Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price so that my sins may be forgiven – AMEN!
The Truth
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Mark 11:25
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

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