Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Lord's Prayer - part 8 cont.

Ephesians 4:32  "Be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you."

MB 114,15  "Let Christ, the divine Life, dwell in you and through you reveal the heaven-born love that will inspire hope in the hopeless and bring heaven's peace to the sin-stricken heart.  As we come to God,  this is the condition which meets us at the threshold, that, receiving mercy from Him, we yield ourselves to reveal His grace to others.
     The one thing essential for us in order that we may receive and impart the forgiving love of God is to know and believe the love that He has to us.  1 John 4:16.  Satan is working by every deception he can command, in order that we may not discern that love.  He will lead us to think that our mistakes and transgressions have been so grievous that the Lord will not have respect unto our prayers and will not bless and save us.  But we may tell the enemy that 'the blood of Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.' 1 John 1:7.  When we feel that we have sinned and cannot pray, it is then time to pray.  Ashamed we may be and deeply humbled, but we must pray and believe.  'This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.'  1 Timothy 1:15.  Forgiveness, reconciliation with God, comes to us, not as a reward for our works, it is not bestowed because of the merit of sinful men, but it is a gift unto us, having in the spotless righteousness of Christ as its foundation for bestowal."

Aren't you glad Christ Jesus came into this world to save you, I am.  We don't earn His forgiveness, it is a gift from God and I am so thankful for that gift, aren't you.  Grandma Joan

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