Saturday, September 29, 2012

Freely You Have Received

"Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many." (Hebrews 12:15)

freelyThere are fewer tactics of the devil more effective than offense and unforgiveness.

Scripture clearly informs us that there is a inseparable link between receiving the mercy and forgiveness of God and extending mercy and forgiveness to others. If we allow ourselves to become offended by a brother or sister in Christ, we are unwittingly placing ourselves under a bondage that hinders our effectiveness for God.

On the contrary, freely you have received His grace, His mercy, His kindness, His forgiveness, His love... freely you must give.

Read Matthew 18:21-35, and reflect on just how much you have been forgiven. Is it unreasonable, then, for God to command us to go and do likewise?

Love in Christ,
Pastor Joe

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