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God offers mercy, forgiveness


Have you ever known of a person or have you ever rejoiced when bad things happen to a person you have a problem with? Or have you ever known of a person who is sad when a person they don’t like is rejoicing over something because you wanted their life to be miserable?

A person that reacts in such manner does not have the love of God in their heart. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 tells us “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” When others rejoice, we should rejoice with them and when others hurt, we should have the love of God to love them and feel their hurt instead of wishing hurt upon them. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” If we do the opposite by being impatient, unkind, envious, boastful, proud, and always bringing up the past, we have a problem because apparently, we are not operating in love. We need to realize that sometimes it is us with the problem and not the other person. Matthew 2:3 says “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

If you find that love has been replaced by these actions, you can be free by asking God’s forgiveness. God is always there but we have to be willing to give up our attitudes and forget the past if we want God to forgive us. The Bible tells us that King David was always quick to ask God’s forgiveness. In Psalms 51:1-4 King David prayed the following: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” The Bible also tells us that King David was free to praise God because of God’s forgiveness and mercy on him.

If you would like to experience freedom and the love of God in your heart, just ask Jesus to forgive you and forget what others have done to you. If you would like us to pray for you, we invite you to call us at 830-779-6361, or come to our prayer meeting on Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the school chapel.

If you do not have a home church, we invite you to our services at La Vernia Christian Teaching Center. Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service begins at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the gym opens at 6 p.m.

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