“But someone will say, ‘you have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18) and, “For as the body apart from the spiritis dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jerome Brownlee's Lesson: Forgiveness

Sometimes it is hard forgiving someone, especially if they have hurt us badly. As we all know, there are levels of hurt, anger, and disappointment. Some things we have control over and somethings we simply don't. However, knowing in our heart the ultimate controller is God we can depend upon him to understand all of our sorrows and hurts--we just need to share our feelings with him and that includes our anger. Just as he has forgiven us for our sins, so too must we forgive those who have hurt us. Our pain will not go away quickly or suddenly, but our anger can be softened to a point where we can forgive. And Remember: Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit (Psalm 32:1, 2).
If God forgives, we must forgive also... Work out your own salvation (PHILIPPIANS 2:12)

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