Category Archives: Lenten Devotion

Forty Days of Forgiveness (Day 16-20)

Day 16:  And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved,  put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other. whoever has a complaint against anyone; JUST AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU, so also should you.”  Colossians 3:12-13

Having received the forgiveness of Jesus, we are to take on the very nature of Christ in our lives.  From exemplifying his compassion to expressing his patience with each other.  Jesus had to put up with the egos of James and John, the mood swings of Peter and even the betrayal of Judas.   He forgave Matthew (Levy) of his sins as a tax collector, He forgave Peter of the denial and He put up with their constant doubts.

Jesus has put up with us with all our faults.  We are to treat others just as He has treated us.  If He can forgive us enough to accept us into eternity, we can forgive enough to live in this word in peace, one with another.

Sometimes it is hard to forgive.  Sometimes it is hard to be patient with my neighbor, family and friends.  Sometimes they offend me.  But You O Lord, are ever forgiving.  Teach me how to live with a forgiving heart.  Encourage me, empower me and stand over me that I might grow in forgiveness as You have instructed.  Show me the humility of Love that I may grow in a forgiving heart.   Amen

Forty Days of Forgiveness (Day 11 – 15)

Day 11: “For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.” Ps. 103:11-12

The whole of Psalm 103 tells of the great mercy and loving kindness of God. He treats us as his favored children, He fails to punish us as we deserve. He does not hold grudges or remember how often we fail Him. When God forgives our sin, it is forever. There are no conditions put upon us. Should this be motive enough for us to resolve to forgive others? Wouldn’t this be cause to change our sinful ways for the ways of Christ? “His Salvation” extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to His Covenant, the Covenant that is Christ Jesus.

While we were still living in the rebellion of all that is right, God was there ready to say to us, “You are forgiven! Return to Me!” To Him we are the great pearl that He gave His all to buy. We can live in the forgiveness as we live for His grace each day.

Thank you, My God, for the patience that you bare for me. Thank you for the grace of your forgiving ways. Thank you for continually loving me even when I had no love for you. By Your Grace, Your Mercy and Your Love I am restored into the Family of God. Heal my braking heart as I repent the ways that separate me from Your Love. Amen.

Forty Days of Forgiveness (Day 6 – 10)

Day 6: ” I will be like a father to him and he will be like a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him… ” 2 Sam 7:14-15

Even as a father, God’s compassion is with us. As David sinned against God, still he was the “favorite son” to Him. And as a father, he chastises us with His Word, He speaks to our hearts as shames us with His everlasting Love. Through Christ and the Holy Spirit we find His forgiveness to be unreasonable, we do not deserve to be his yet by forgiveness, Christ took the chastisement of men for our sakes. Jesus bore the wrath of the rod, the strokes of condemnation for the Love of the Father.

Forty Days of Forgiveness (Day 1 – 5)

Day One: “They refuse to listen, and did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had preformed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt But you are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate; And You did not forsake them Nehemiah 9:17

Often we turn away from the grace of God and want to return to the ways of slavery to sin. So many times, we in our weakness, want to return to old habits. Let us use this time of year, the forty days before we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave to examine ourselves to see what weakness of faith and obedience to the service of God we can purge ourselves of.

As Our God is a redemptive God, eager to forgive and wanting to ever welcome us, we are assured that when ever we stray from His way He will welcome us back. As we are seeking the easy way or the life that we left behind, He is wanting us to stay on the righteousness path of Salvation. Let us concentrate on the wondrous deeds that Christ has preformed in our lives and choose not to be lead back into the ways of the World. Let us focus on the Way of Christ and the Road of Redemption.

O God, be merciful upon me, a sinner, and waken in me the remembrance of Your Everlasting Kindness. Show me the errors of my walk and quicken my soul into your righteousness. Grant me your peace and comfort me. Confound the ways of the world that I will not stray into them. In all things, I give You praise and Glory, amen.