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TCM Devotions: Forgiveness

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." - James 5:16

A young boy is crushed by the weight of guilt because he stole from a woman a few years ago. This woman has since passed away and this boy can never receive forgiveness from her for his past wrongful deed. 

No matter how seemingly big or small the sin we carry is, it is keeping us from receiving God’s love. Ask God to search your heart for unforgiven sin, and ask for forgiveness from Christ – the redeemer, for only He can make us whole. 

Please pray for this young boy. Pray that he will turn to God and allow Him to forgive and release him of the heavy burden of sin that he has been carrying for many years. Allow him to be transformed by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. 

Thoughts on Forgiveness

By Chara Benson, Outreach Worker / Teacher in Victoria Village

In this clip from the movie, “Les Miserables”, the bishop’s act of generosity, forgiveness, and mercy has a big impact on the criminal Jean Valjean. This reminds me of another story that started way back in the beginning with Adam and Eve when they chose to disobey God and allowed sin to enter into the world. This grieved God because he created us and loved us so much that he wanted us to be able to be with him forever. God’s plan of redemption was to send his only son Jesus to die in our place because he LOVES US so much. 

Just like the Bishop who FORGAVE Jean Valjean even though he DIDN’T DESERVE forgiveness, Jesus also forgave us when we didn’t deserve it. This allowed us to be able to have the CHOICE to accept JESUS’ forgiveness and spend ETERNITY with Him. 

Later on, the movie shows how the criminal Jean Valjean’s life changes completely. That FORGIVENESS that the bishop showed, affected his whole life and as a result he lived the rest of his life with kindness, compassion and mercy towards others. 

It makes me wonder, how has my life changed and reflected these qualities as a result of the forgiveness I have received from God? 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that who so ever believes in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

TCM Devotions: Choosing to Forgive

Verse: Ephesians 4:31-32  
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Devotion:
Life is made up of choices. The Apostle Paul reveals a choice that we must make in our own lives as we serve and live alongside others in this passage. We can either: be angry and bitter or forgive others. It is a black and white choice that sometimes gets muddled in our own emotions. Along with this choice; however Paul outlines the solution to the wrestling decision of forgiveness: to remember that we are also forgiven in Christ.

Looking through others with this lens puts our own sinfulness into perspective, and allows us to lovingly look towards the God who has mercifully and lovingly forgiven us and helps us to strive to look past the sin in others.

 Thought: How often do you choose to forgive others? 

Restoring Relationships

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Verse:  “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”(Matthew 6:14-15)

Devotion: There are two types of forgiveness that appear in the Bible: God's forgiveness of our sins, and through this, our obligation to forgive others.

An often quoted line in poetry is Alexander Pope’s “To err is human, to forgive divine.” Here Pope catches the essence of the bible message. God has forgiven us, and in turn if we are His people, His children, we must also forgive those that cross our path. There is really no way around this. Grudges, complaints, envy, dislike, hate, ill will, malice, spite and venom have no place in the Christian life. Just as we desperately need God’s forgiveness due to our failings, we are also clearly being asked to forgive those who fail us. In Greek, to forgive means “to give or to grant.” In other words, it is “to remit a debt, to give up resentment or claim for requital,” or simply to pardon an offence. 

As believers, our relationship with God is restored, but what about our relationship with the people that we meet daily? The Bible states that when someone hurts us, because of our personal relationship with God, we are obligated to forgive that person. Jesus is very clear on this point: We are taught that refusing to forgive is a sin. If we receive forgiveness from God, we must also provide forgiveness to others who hurt us. We cannot hold grudges or seek revenge. We are to trust God for justice and forgive the person who offended us.

Thought: Forgiveness means releasing the other from blame, leaving the event in God's hands, and moving on. Are there relationships in your life that need to be restored?

Passages to Reflect On
Colossians 3:13: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Luke 6:37: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Matthew 18:21-22: “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Mark 11:25: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”