Posts Tagged ‘forgiveness’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/21/17

May 22, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”   (Acts 13:38)

He came that we might know Him; He sacrificed himself and bled and died that we might be forgiven for our sins and receive eternal life. We know that if we are faithful to confess our sins He will forgive us. Let us not hold back, but let us come humbly before the Lord and freely confess our sins. Let us remember to forgive those who have wronged us for He forgives us in the same measure as we forgive those who have sinned against us. If Jesus forgave those who killed him who are we to not forgive those who have wronged us? We must forgive. And let us not neglect to forgive ourselves for our sins as well, for who are we to not forgive ourselves for our wrongs when the Lord has forgiven us? Forgive and be forgiven. Trust in Him.

May you be blessed by the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy.


Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/02/16

October 3, 2016

This week’s scripture comes from Colossians:

jesus_white“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”   (Colossians 3:13)

All who belong to the Lord have been forgiven their sins and trespasses by the Lord, by His sacrifice for us, by His blood, death, and resurrection. Some have been forgiven little and some have been forgiven much, but He forgave all. Let us therefore forgive those who sin or trespass against us, for the Lord commands that we do so as He forgave us our sins and trespasses.

Let no one say they will not forgive for the sin was too great against them, for if the Lord forgave those who killed Him, who whipped Him, abused Him, nailed Him to the cross, and crucified Him, what has anyone done to us that is more than that? He forgave those who killed Him; He forgave us. Let us be like our Lord; let us act like our Lord; let us show His love in our forgiveness as He showed His love. Let us forgive others as the Lord forgave us.

May the Lord bless you to forgive as you’ve been forgiven.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/13/16

March 14, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

jesus_white“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”   (1 John 1:9)

Even though we have come to the Lord through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we have repented of our sins and trespasses, God knows that we are not perfect, and that as children we continue to stumble and fall as we learn to walk out our salvation. Yet the Lord is faithful and true, and He loves us dearly, for even now the Son of God sits at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for the saints.

Let us come before our Father boldly and confess our sins for He will forgive us and cleanse us if we humble ourselves before His mercy and grace. If we harbor anything against anyone, let us forgive them as the Lord forgave us, for He will forgive us as we forgive others, and let us also remember to forgive ourselves for it is wrong to not forgive in us what He has forgiven in us. Come, let us bow our hearts before Him.

May the blood of Christ cleanse you as you bow your heart before Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/03/15

May 4, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 Kings:

Warfare Prayer[“O Lord my God,] Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”   (1 Kings 8:28b)

Let the call for pray go out. Sin and wickedness rise like a tide. Our nation needs prayer; our land needs prayer. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and bow down and seek His face. Let repentance begin with us; let us freely confess our sins and ask God’s forgiveness under the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let the people repent and turn from all unrighteousness. Let the churches gather and seek the Lord’s grace and forgiveness. Let us call upon our leaders to repent and bow before the Lord that our land might be healed. So come into His presence, you faithful, bow down before the Lord and pour out your prayers.

May the Lord bless you as you bow down and pray in His presence.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/17/13

February 18, 2013

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Jesus Christ 4“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”    (1 John 1:9)

It is difficult if not impossible for us to remain in righteousness. Even if we do not act out in unrighteous ways, our thoughts betray us: angry thoughts, careless thoughts, impure thoughts. Our mind can slip wayward in a moment, and yet we draw it back, the thought, the idea, was there. We seek the mind of Christ, but we fall short; our thoughts are not His thoughts, and even to think evil is sin. We have no righteousness of our own, yet He is righteous and in Him our righteousness is found. Thankfully, the Lord loves us and when we confess our sins, He forgives us and His righteousness covers and cleanses us.

May the righteousness of the risen Lord be yours this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/30/12

October 1, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…”     (Romans 3:23-24)

How great is God’s grace toward us; He forgives us our sins, our trespasses, our short-comings, our failures, our disobedience. Try as we do, who can remain sinless before the Lord? We cannot stop every idle or harsh word, hold back every errant thought, withdraw every careless action, refrain from every rebellious act, without Him. We fail at perfection; we fail at righteousness; we fail at holiness, but the One who is holy, the One who is righteous, the One who is perfect extends His grace to us that we might have forgiveness, that we might have redemption in His sacrifice for us — freely given — through His grace. Praise God for His surpassing love and grace in Christ Jesus.

May God Almighty bless you and be gracious unto you through our Lord Jesus Christ.