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Forgiveness – How Much Is Too Much?

Can I get away with forgiveness as a once-off thing?

‘Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ (Matthew 18vs21-22)

This does not mean that when someone hurts me I keep count until the seventy-eighth time and then smack them on the head! The principle Jesus is describing is that in the kingdom of God, forgiveness looks ridiculous.

There is no end to it.

Is there anyone you need to forgive again, again?

Matthew 18 here: http://bit.ly/1r3lbxF

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Forgiving And Forgetting

People talk about forgiving and forgetting, but I find it really hard sometimes, maybe even impossible. Is that bad?

‘As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.’ (Psalm 103vs12 – read it here: http://bit.ly/1eQnPon)

If we believe that God knows everything, then how is it possible that He forgets our sins? Does He develop some kind of spiritual amnesia? I don’t believe so. In fact I think it is so much more powerful if God, remembering my sins, chooses not to hold them against me.

When God looks at me, He now sees Jesus and the sacrifice He made on the cross and treats me as if I have never committed any of those sins. When I ask for forgiveness, I can rest assured that it is freely given.

What would it take to really believe that?

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Father Forgive Them…

‘Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing …’

What stunning words! And yet scary in a way because Jesus calls us to forgive people just like that too … even people we don’t feel like forgiving, or people who aren’t even sorry for what they’re doing to us.

Over the next 5 days on the WordSpace, #BrettFish will help us think more about forgiveness. There’s some good stuff coming 🙂

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The Reason Why We celebrate

Here’s an Easter poem from our writer and resident DJ #miloapril. It’s long but worth it – keep reading! Full text at www.thewordspace.mobi

Amazing Grace

There was once a time when man walked in perfection

a time when man knew nothing about God’s rejection

Now we need to understand that man was only perfect

because God made him that way.

That’s right folks, man had no hand in his own perfection,

And even as he fell, God still clothed him Genesis 3:21

Now that’s Grace!

Though the fall came with a curse

one that could not be reversed!

separation from the One True God

which ultimately results in physical death

something we can only fully perceive with a hearse

But its far more than that!

death means that you are separated from God’s Grace

which happens when you go to hell.

simply put it’s a place for sinners, like you and me

Thank God that is not where i end

Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God

Yes, the very same Jesus whom God chose to send

came as the God-Man 100% divinity!

To fulfil a plan in place

I call it Spiritual Immunity

Now that’s Grace!

The same Jesus came to reconcile us to God

Now think about this for a second

naturally we are born sinners

meaning that we deserve nothing but hell

So Jesus, God the Son…

coming down to reconcile us with His Father

is something that seems odd, Right?

But even then, the plan wasn’t entirely fulfilled.

In order for us to be forgiven of our sins

The very same God, Jesus had to die in our place.

You see, without the shedding of Blood there can be no forgiveness of sin

So not only did Jesus Christ, The Son of God, Emmanuel die for us on the cross

He also took our place. Simply put,

on that cross that night, it was supposed to be you and me.

So when He said it is finished, before breathing His last Breath.

I stand here before you, proudly saying that

I KNOW A MAN WHO DEFEATED DEATH!

And He’s the reason why we celebrate,

though this Day has been fabricated and has been reduced to chocolate!

I bring you a sweet reminder: Jesus Loves you and thinks that you are to die for!

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