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Grace Lutheran in Royersford Forgiveness Lenten Devotional Booklet 2019 Psalm 103:12 12 And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. The Message Bible

Psalm 103:12 Forgiveness - Grace Lutheran Royersford · March 14 Proverbs 17:9 (forgiveness as love) March 15 Psalm 130 (plea for forgiveness) March 16 Isaiah 53:4-6 (forgiveness/healing

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    Forgiveness 
Lenten Devotional Booklet

    2019

    Psalm103:1212Andasfarassunriseisfromsunset,hehasseparatedusfromoursins.TheMessageBible

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    LentenDevoIonalBooklet2019Forgiven.Thankyouforsharingyourfaith!…Sue

  • LentenDevoIons2019ForgivenessForgivenessandWholenessMarch6(AshWednesday)Jeremiah31:31-34(Goddoesnotremembersins)March7 MaXhew9:1-8(forgivenessashealing)March8 2Corinthians5:17-19(God’sreconciliaIonandforgiveness)March9 Ephesians1:3-9(forgivenessofsins)March10Sunday’sgospel:Luke7:44-50(forgivenessofwomanwhoanointsJesus)March11 James5:13-16(healinginforgiveness)March12 Genesis1:26-31(madeinimageofGod,relaIonal)March13 John1:24-34(Jesustakesawaysinsofworld)March14 Proverbs17:9(forgivenessaslove)March15 Psalm130(pleaforforgiveness)March16 Isaiah53:4-6(forgiveness/healingthroughGod’sservant/Christ)UnderstandingForgivenessMarch17Sunday’sGospel:MaXhew18:15-22(processforforgiveness)March18 Joel2:12-13(needforrepentance)March19 Genesis50:15-21(Josephforgivesbrothers) March20 John8:1-11(allneedforgiveness)March21 Romans12:17-21(howtoforgive)March22 Psalm86:1-7,15(David’strustinaforgivingGod)March23 Luke6:37-38(benefitofforgiveness)TellingtheStory&NamingtheHurtMarch24Sunday’sGospel:John20:19-23(Jesusshowswounds)March25 MaXhew5:21-26(makereconciliaIonwithothers)March26 Jeremiah3:12-14(God’sforgivenessoffaithlessIsrael)March27 Ezekiel33:10-11(God’scallforrepentance)March28 Luke17:1-4(honestyofbeinghurt)March29 Psalm103:6-13(God’sradicalforgiveness)March30 Jeremiah8:18-22(acknowledgmentofpainofbetrayal)GranIngForgiveness&Renewing/ReleasingtheRelaIonshipMarch31Sunday’sGospel:Luke10:1-11(shakedustfromfeet)April1 Ephesians4:31-32(forgiveasyou’vebeenforgiven)April2 Malachi3:6-7(God’sunendingloveanddesireforrepentance)April3 Genesis33:1-11(EsauforgivesJacob)April4 Colossians3:12-17(forgiveoneanother)April5 Psalm32:1-7(blessednessinforgiveness)April6 Luke19:1-10(ZacchaeusmakesresItuIonforsins)AllCanBeForgivenApril7Sunday’sGospel:Luke23:32-43(Jesusforgivesfromcross)April8 1John1:8-9(confessionofsins)April9 Hosea2:16-20(God’sforgivenessofunfaithfulness)April10John18:15-27,John21:15-17(JesusforgivesPeter’sdenials)April11Mark2:1-12(forgivenessbeforerepentance)April12Psalm51:1-12(David’srepentance)April13MaXhew5:43-48(forgiveyourenemy)HolyWeekApril14PalmSunday’sGospel:Hebrews10:10-18(forgivenessofallsins)April15Luke15:11-32(radicalnatureofforgiveness)April16Psalm85(God’sforgiveness)April17Micah7:18-20(God’sfaithfulness)April18(MaundyThursday) MaXhew26:26-29(forgivenessthroughChrist)April19(GoodFriday)Romans3:21-26(allhavesinned,forgivenessisagif)April20Ephesians2:1-9(sinbringsdeath,Christgiveslife)

  • Forgivenessand

    Wholeness

  • March6(AshWednesday)Jeremiah31:31-34(Goddoesnotremembersins)

    Intheseverses,theprophetJeremiahspeakstoapeopleinexile,apeopleGodcalledtohaveaspecialrelaIonshipwithhim,andapeoplewhobrokethatrelaIonshipImeaferIme.Godguidedhispeoplethroughsigns,miracles,lawswriXenonstoneandonpapyrus,andthroughhisservantssuchasMosesandDavid.Butbeinghuman,hispeoplestrayedagainandagain.ThelessonJeremiahprovidesisthatdespitethis,GodforgivesandseeksavarietyofwaystorenewandrevitalizethespecialrelaIonshiphehaswithhispeople.Hewillalwaysforgive,nomaXerhowfarwe'vestrayed,andintheend,hewillforgoearthlytoolssuchastabletsandconnectdirectlywithhispeople'shearts.AsLutherans,wehaveaspecialconnecIonwiththismessageofhavingadirect,personalconnecIonwithGod,andreceivinggracethroughfaith,withnothingaskedinreturn.Thisiscentraltoourbeliefs.ThisisallGod’sdoing,andthroughJesusChristwearecalledintoarelaIonshipwithhimandeachother.

    Prayer:

    Lord,thankyouforthegraceyougive,askingonlyforourfaithinyourpromisetogatherustogetherasyourpeopleandblessus,sowe[email protected]meswe'vestrayed,andforfindingavarietyofwaystobringusbacktoyou,[email protected]

    Jack

  • March7 ThursdayMaXhew9:1-8(forgivenessashealing)

    SomeofthepeoplegatheredsawJesusasafakebecausehewasnotGod.TheyfeltnooneotherthanGodcouldhealorforgiveanyone’ssins.Theparalyzedman’sfriendswereofahumblefaithandknewJesusChristcouldhelphim.ThosewhoyelledblasphemyathisworkingstrulydidnotknowJesus’struepurposewastosaveusfromoursins–eventuallydyingforus.

    TheseversesshowthatsinistheulImatecauseofspiritualparalysis.NoworseinfecIonorillnesscanconfineus.Itwillcontrolallaspectsofourlifeandmaybeeveneternitytocome,unlessweareredeemedfromit.ThispassageconInuesthethemeofhowJesusrepeatedlygoesoutofhiswaytoforgiveusassinners.HeseeksoutwewhoareunworthyandthenHeforgivesandhealsus.WhydoesJesusdothisforus?HediditbecausehelovesusandwantsustobebeXerpeople.Wehavenowaytogetoffour"mat"withouthishelp.Wemaynotbeconfinedtoabedorinawheelchair,butofenwearesIllparalyzedbysin,andinconstantneedofhisforgiveness.

    PRAYER: 
Lord,[email protected]fectknowledgeofallthatwesaywithinourselves.Thereisevilinsinfulthou[email protected]ngofallofthosearoundus.Helpustogetoffour“mats”[email protected]

    DavidandDebbie

  • March8Friday 2Corinthians5:17-19(God’sreconciliaIonandforgiveness)

    ItwasthroughChrist’sdeathandresurrecIonthatGodaccomplishedthereconciliaIonoftheworldtohimself.ReconciliaIonistherestoraIonofarelaIonshipofpeace.IfwearereconciledwithGod,wevieweverythingfromtheperspecIveofGod.Wenolongerlookatpeopleaswedidbefore,wedon’tjudgeorcondemn.IfwefollowChrist,weareexpectedtocarryonChrist’sworkofreconciliaIon.OuracIonsshouldbeseenassharingtheloveandforgivenessthatreflectwhatwehavereceivedfromGod.SinbreaksourrelaIonshipwithGod.Itdestroysfamilymembers,separatesfriends,divideschurchesandnaIonsAsambassadorsofChrist,weneedtorelatethemessageofreconciliaIontoeachotherandtheworld.Weneedtoforgiveandrestorepeace.

    Prayer:Godofpeace,helpmetoviewothersthroughyourlens,tocreatepeace,andtoforgivethosewhomIhaveoffended.InChrist’snamewepray,Amen.

    Judy

  • March9Saturday

    Ephesians1:3-9(forgivenessofsins)

    InresearchingthispassageoftheBible,IfoundmyselfstrugglingforagoodwaytoverbalizetheverymajorpointthatPaulwasmakinginhisleXertotheEphesians.Godhadplannedwellinadvancetosendhisson,JesusChrist,todieforus.Goddidnotdecidewhowouldbelieveandwhowoulddisobey-butheDIDdeterminethatthosewhobelievewouldbesaved.ThegraceofGodisfreelygiventousandoursinsareforgiven.Howcouldwenottakeadvantageofsuchagif?

    Prayer:DearLord,Thankyouforsendingyo[email protected]onofyourlovetowardsus.Amen

    Anne

  • March11Monday

    James5:13-16(healinginforgiveness)

    WhenweprayforforgivenessandhealingweareaskingthattheLordwillforgivealloursinsandrestoreustowholeness.ThatcouldmeanthattheLordmayhealourphysicalbodiesbutmoreimportantly,Hewillbestowspiritualwellness/wholenesstoeachofus.AsmembersofGraceweshouldprayandasktheHolySpirittobepresentwitheachotherinbothgoodanddifficultImes.GivePraisetotheLordforHisgoodnessandHishealing.GodIsGood,AlltheTime.

    Prayer:DearLord,[email protected]ofLent.ForgivetheirsinsandRestoreSpiritualWholenesstothem.InJesusName,Amen

    Connie

  • March12TuesdayGenesis1:26-31(madeinimageofGod,relaIonal)

    Inthispassage,GodcreatedmeinHisownimage.Heblessedme.Hemademeavegan.HegavemedominionoverallofHiscreaIon.HecreatedmetohavearelaIonshipwithHimandallthatHecreated.Imustremindmyselfofenthatthisgreatpower,dominion,wasnotgiventometomeetmyownneeds.Itwasgivenasastewardship.WhenIdwellonthis,IaskGod'sforgivenessformeandallmankindfortheinjusIceswe'vedonetoHiscreaIon."Withgreatpowercomesgreatresponsibility."Prayer:HolyandgraciousGod,[email protected][email protected]@onship.InJesusnameIpray,Amen.

    Marie

  • March13 WednesdayJohn1:24-34(Jesustakesawaysinsofworld)

    ThispassagedescribesJesusabouttobebapIzedbyJohntheBapIst.Unliketheotherthreegospels,thisonedoesnotactuallydescribethebapIsm.Instead,thewriteremphasizesthatJohnwasbapIzingwithwatertowashawaysin,butJesushascometowashawaysinwiththeHolySpirit.HeistheLambofGodandwilltakeawaythesinoftheworld.AdramaIcmomentonthebankoftheRiverJordan!John’smissionwastopointpeopleinthedirecIonofJesus.HedrawsbackthecurtainandJesustakescenterstage.Fromourearliestyearswearetaughttoforgivesins.Mothersteachusto,“Sayyou’resorry.”Ineverunderstoodwhy,itnevermademefeelanybeXer.

    AsIgrewolderIthoughtofforgivenessasatwo-waystreet.Overtheyears,Ihavehadtoforgiveothersforanassortmentofissues.Ifwehangontothesinsofothers,itwillonlyfesterandcanleaveusparalyzedtoconInuearelaIonship.Thisofenhappenstothosewelovethemost.Familiesholdgrudgesthatlastfordecades.Theydon’tevenrememberwhatcausedtherif.TheothersideofforgivenesshastodowithwhenIneedtoaskforgivenessofothers.What,MEdosomethingWRONG???AlltheIme.Mymouthmovesbeforemybrain,Imakejudgementsbasedonmyownlens;thelistgoesonandon.Ifeeldisappointedinmyselfandbecomeparalyzedabouthowtomoveforward.IneedtoconInuallypracIceself-awareness.Inorderformetofeelwhole,Ineedtoownmyfaultsandnotbeafraidtoaskforgiveness.

    Googlesays:Forgivenessisforourowngrowthandhappiness.Whenweholdontohurt,pain,resentment,andangeritharmsusfarmorethanitharmstheoffender.Forgivenessfreesustoliveinthepresent....Forgivenessallowsustomoveonwithoutangerorcontemptorseekingrevenge.(There’sthewholenesspart).

    TheBibleiscrystalclearonforgiveness:Justdoit!JesustoldPeter70x7Forgivenessisnotafeeling,itisachoice.ChoosingforgivenesswillmeanthatyouhavetogotoGodonyourkneesforthepowertoforgive.It’schoosingnottoletthoughtsofhatredruleinyourheart.It’schoosingtogotoGodtofindhelpandcomfortinsteadofdwellingonthepast,evenwhenourfeelingswouldratherdoanythingbut.ThepowerweneedforthiswegetfromtheHolySpirit.

    Prayer:LordGod:Createinmeacleanheartandrenewarightspiritwithinme.IknowI’vemademistakesinthepast,andI’mgoingtomakemistakesandcommitsinsinthefuture.AsIrejoiceinyourforgiveness,Ilongforyourguidance.InJesusname,Amen

    Joy

  • March14ThursdayProverbs17:9(forgivenessaslove)

    Forgivenessisaconceptweunderstand.ItisharderofenImestoturnthatconceptintoareality.Whenwefeelthatwehavebeenwronged;weneedtoresistthe“eyeforaneye”responseurge.

    OnSundaysweconfessoursinsandpraytoGodforforgiveness.LetustrulybeasonemadeinGod’simageandforgiveothers.Itwillnotbelongbeforewewillneedthefavorreturnedinkind.

    AsitisstatedinEccesiastesChapter4verse9-TwoarebeXerthanoneforiftheyfallonewilllifuptheother;butwoeisonewhoisaloneandfallsanddoesnothaveanothertohelp.

    Prayer:So,prayhardforgreatcompassiontoleadtoGod’sclarity.Forgivenessandlovewillfollow.Amen

    DebandJoe

  • March15FridayPsalm130(pleaforforgiveness)

    ThePsalmsareabookofsongs.Thepsalmistin130isrepenIng.HeistellingGodthatheissorryforbreakingGod’srules.HehasreachedrockboXom.HeknowsGodisconstantlyforgivingus;whichisareasonwhyweworshipHim.WeloveHimbecausehelovesusenoughtoforgiveus.ThelastpartofthesongthepsalmistpredictsthatGodissendingtheGreatRedeemer(Jesus)whowillforgivethesinsofeveryonewholovesGod.SowhenyoufeelatyourlowestgotoPsalm130,readasaprayer,anditwillgiveyoucomfort.KnowingallwhatGodhasdone.

    Prayer:Psalm130(TheMessage)Help,God—thebo?omhasfallenoutofmylife!Master,hearmycryforhelp!Listenhard!Openyourears!Listentomycriesformercy.Ifyou,God,keptrecordsonwrongdoings,whowouldstandachance?Asitturnsout,forgivenessisyourhabit,andthat’swhyyou’reworshiped.IpraytoGod—mylifeaprayer—andwaitforwhathe’llsayanddo.Mylife’sonthelinebeforeGod,myLord,[email protected]@llmorning,[email protected]@llmorning.OIsrael,waitandwatchforGod—withGod’sarrivalcomeslove,withGod’[email protected]—he’llredeemIsrael,[email protected]

  • March16SaturdayIsaiah53:4-6(forgiveness/healingthroughGod’sservant/Christ)

    Ifyoudidn’tknowthatIsaiahwasaprophetwholived800yearsbeforeJesus,thispassagesoundsstraightoutoftheNewTestament.TherearemessagesoftransgressionandredempIon–forgiveness–throughouttheBible.Howluckyforallofus–ourworldsureisfullofsheepgoingastray!ButthroughJesus’undeservedsufferingforOURsins,andthroughhisresurrecIon,weknowthatGod’spromiseofpeaceandeternallifeisreal,ifwechooseit.WeknowthatGodforgivesusanewconstantly,ifweaskit.

    Prayer:

    LovingFather,Thankyouforyourendlesscapacitytoforgivemyendlessstraying.Eachnewday,[email protected],Ifindmyselfinneedofyourforgiveness.Thankyouforthecountlessblessingsyoushoweronmedespitemycountlesstransgressions!Thankyou,Jesus,forenduringMYpunishment.PleasehelpmeseeyourightherebesidemethrougheverystepItaketoday,sothatIcanbemoreofyou,andlessofme,toallIencounteronourwalktogether.Amen.

    Mindy

  • UnderstandingForgiveness

  • March18MondayJoel2:12-13(needforrepentance)

    Godlovesusandisalwaysurgingustocomebacktohim.VersestwelveandthirteenareaboutrepentanceandthedesiretoreturntoGod.InversetwelvetheLordstates“Yetevennow”.TomethissaysthatnomaXerwhatwehavedone(sins)orwhereweareinourspiritualjourney,wecanalwayscomehome.Theversesalsoaskustosincerelyrecognize(withallyourheart)oursins,givethemtogod,humblyaskforgivenessandmakeanefforttoalignyouracIonswithhiswordinsteadofpayinglipservice.IamlifedupandthankfultoknowthatwehavesuchaforgivingandslowtoangerGodthataboundsinlovingkindness.

    Prayer:DearHeavenlyFather,[email protected],[email protected],intheformofyoursonandthesacrificeofhislifeonmybehalf.Throughoutthisday,mayIbekeenlyawareofyourpresenceineverythingIdo,[email protected]

    Phil

  • March19TuesdayGenesis50:15-21(Josephforgivesbrothers)

    Understandingforgivenessisnotaneasythingtodo.Inthisstory,Josephiscertainlyamodelofforgiveness-hehastrulybeenwrongedbyhisbrothers,inareallybigway;AND,evenintheirdesiretoaskforgivenessofhim,theywronghimagainbylyingtohim.Inmymind,asIreadthisstory,Ithink-wowJosephhaseveryrighttowithholdforgiveness,toholdtheseacIonsagainsthisbrothers,maybetoletthemstarveinthefamine-theywoulddeservethat,wouldn'tthey?But,thelessonthatJosephgivesusisthatit'snotaboutthem.It'saboutJoseph,andit'saboutGod.Josephremindsus(andhisbrothers)aboutallthegoodthatGodworkedthroughJosephinEgypt.OneofmyfavoritedefiniIonsofforgivenessisofenquotedbyOprah(givenherbyaguestonhershow):"forgivenessisgivingupthehopethatthepastcouldbeanydifferent."Josephacceptsthatthisordealhehasbeenthroughasaresultofhisbrothers'acIons,hasbeenapartofhislifeexperience,andevenbeXer,seesallthegoodthathappenedasaresult.Hedoesn'tneedtowithholdforgiveness,ortakerevenge-heacceptsthatithappened,andmovesforwardwithhislife.Inourlives,it'snotalwayssoeasyasJosephmakesitlook.ButwecanuseJosephasamodelandareminderofhowwecanstrivetodowhathedid-forgive.

    Prayer:God,pleasehelpmetorememberalloftheforgivenessIhavebeengiven,andhelpmetogiveitfreelytoothers.Amen.

  • March20WednesdayJohn8:1-11(allneedforgiveness)

    Understandingforgiveness!Doweunderstandit?Wethinkwedo,andthenwedon't.WhatImeanis-----wemaysIllharborafeelingofblameorresentment.TotrulyunderstandforgivenessweneedtolooktoourSavior'sexamples.InthepassageofJohn8:1-11,HeisteachinginthetemplewhenthescribesandPhariseesbringawomanwhohasbeencaughtintheactofadultery.TheywanttoseeifHewillimposeastoningonherasMoseshadcommanded.Jesuswritessomethinginthesand.Thensays:Ifanyofyouarewithoutsin,throwthefirststone.Theyalldisappear,andHeislefwiththewomanwhoistoldtogoandsinnomore.Goodexampleofforgiveness?BeXerexampleofforgiveness:Hediedtoforgiveusofoursins!

    Prayer:Fatherkeepremindingustobeforgivingbecauseweneedforgivingeveryday.AmenMartha

  • March21 ThursdayRomans12:17-21(howtoforgive)

    InthesepassagesGodisaskingusnottorepayevilortakerevenge.Godissaying,"Itisminetoavenge;Iwillrepay.

    SomeImesitisdifficulttoforgivesomeonethathascausedusadeephurt.Wewanttohavethemtohurtalso.ItbecomesheavyonourheartandwemayevenbecomebiXer.

    WeneedtoremembertobeChristlikeandbeforgivingnomaXerhowdifficultthesituaIon.Godalwaysisforgivingtousandweneedtoforgivethosethathavebeenwrongfultous.

    AsweprayalwaysintheLord'sPrayer;Forgivethosewhotrespassagainstus.Notalwayseasy,butwemusttry.

    Prayer:DearGod,Helpustobeabletobeforgivingalwaysasyouarealwaystous,noma?erhowdifficultitmayseem.Thatourheartsmaybelight.AMEN

    Sally

  • March22FridayPsalm86:1-7,15(David’strustinaforgivingGod)

    ForgivenessisalovingresponsetonegaIveorhurwulacIon.WhenweareintroubleknowthatwecanturntotheLord.Ifthattroubleisaproblemwecanaskforhelp.Ifthattroubleissomethingwehavedonewrongweaskforforgiveness.WiththeLordseverpresentlove,Hewillalwaysforgiveus.WeputourtrustinHiscompassionandmercy.Healwaysanswersourprayerwithlove.

    Prayer:DearGod,Ipraytoyouasyourservant,whenIamgrateful,andwhenIneedhelp.Iknowyoulistentomebecauseyoualwaysgivemetherightanswerandhelp.Noma?erwhatIdo,Youalwaysgivemelove,mercy,andforgivenessformysins.Thankyoufortheforgivenessyouhavegiventoyourgratefulservant.

    Amen

    John

  • March23 SaturdayLuke6:37-38(benefitofforgiveness)

    Forgivenessislove.Asyougivelove(forgiveness),GodwillconInuetogiveyouHislove(forgiveness)inallthings.Godisgenerous,somuchmorethanweare.Forgivethosewhohurtyou.

    Prayer:LovingGod,forgivemewhenIfailtoforgive.BeinmyheartsoIfeelyourlove(forgiveness),soImaydolikewise.InJesusname.Amen

    Joe

  • TellingtheStoryand

    NamingtheHurt

    Hurt

  • March25 MondayMaXhew5:21-26(makereconciliaIonwithothers)

    InthispassageJesusbringsafuller,deepermeaningtothesixthcommandment—goingbeyondtheliteralinterpretaIonofthelawwhichstates,“Donotmurder(kill)”.LikethePharisees,wecouldsmuglysay,“thatdoesn’tapplytome”.IthinkJesusiscallingthecrowd,hisfollowers&[email protected]hefirstisthefeelingsofanger—acommonhumanemoIon—thatnooneisexemptfrom.Fromaphysiologicalstandpoint,angerisauniversalbuilt-inresponsetodistress—physicaloremoIonal.AsahumanemoIonitisnotmorallywrong.Itisaresponsetoastressor.I’vehearditsaidthatangerisaquanItaIveissue.Soifweunwiznglywecarrymanylayersofstress/distressforanextendedperiodofImewithoutanopportunityforsomeformofreleasewecangofromcrankytoirritabletorageveryquickly—andwonderhowwegotthere.Ormaybewehavealongfusebutunconsciouslyhangontofear&negaIveemoIonsthatleadstoresentment.ButemoIondoesnotstandalone.Ourthinkingprecedesourfeelings(andouracIonsaswell)&thisis,Ithink,iswhatJesusiscallingustoexamine.Withoutawareness,aztudeshavethepotenIalforbeingabreedinggroundforanger&itsdeleteriouseffects.Whatkindofthoughtsarewecarryingaroundinourhead?Doweholdontoresentment?Canweadmitifourthoughtsarenarrow-minded,biasedordistorted?Canweadmitwhenwearewrong?ThesecondissuethatJesustalksaboutisreconciliaIon.ThedicIonarydefinesreconciliaIonasreuniIng,restoringfriendlyrelaIons,bringingbacktogether.Anger(inallitsdegrees)separates.InancientImes,ifyoucommiXedmurder,youradversarycoulddeliveryoutothejudgeforimprisonmentwhereyoumaydie.Inthesameway,onadeeperlevel,ifwearenotgrowingloveinouraztudeswewillsurelydiespiritually.Unresolvedangercouldbeoneroadblocktoourspiritualgrowth.

    Prayer:Jesus,ourTeacher,ourWay-shower,[email protected]@[email protected]lpustobehonestwithyouaboutourfeelings&leadsusinhealthy,lovingthoughts.HolySpirit,[email protected][email protected]&[email protected]

    Kathy

  • March26TuesdayJeremiah3:12-14(God’sforgivenessoffaithlessIsrael)

    GoandproclaimthesewordstowardtheNorthandsay.ReturnFaithlessIsrael,SaystheLord.Iwillnotlookonyouinanger,forIammerciful,SaystheLord.Iwillnotbeangryforever.Onlyacknowledgeyourguilt,thatyouhaverebelledagainsttheLordyourGod,andsca?eredyourfavorsamongstrangersundereverygreentree,andhavenotobeyedmyvoice,SaystheLord.ReturnO’faithlessChildren,SaystheLord.ForIamyourmaster;AndIwilltakeyou,onefromacityandtwofromafamily,andIwillbringyoutoZion.

    MyThoughts:(ThemessagehereIbelieveisthatGodisaMercifulGod.Hegetsangrywithuswhenwedoourownthing,(Rebel),notobeyinghisword.Hewantsustoconfessourdisobediencelistentohisvoiceandwillforgiveourtransgressions)

    ThePrayer:Father,forgivemydisobedience,helpmeFathertoobeyyourcommandsandlistentoyourvoice,guidemeinyourways.Amen!

    Jim

  • March27 WednesdayEzekiel33:10-11(God’scallforrepentance)

    Watchman-consideredasanofficialmilitaryposiIon;andbiblicallyspeaking,muchlikeashepherd.AsaChrisIan[watchman,shepherd],weareentrustedwithandaccountableforwhatweknowofGod’smessage.Sowhatdoesthisaccountabilitylooklike?Tome,thismeanstobeyourbestselfwiththehelpofGod!Beingawareofone’s“conversaIon,conduct,andcharacter”,andoffenses,sinoranythingelsethatgetsinthewayofone’srelaIonshipwiththeLord.AdemonstraIonofforgiveness,encouragement,kindness,andforbearancetowardsour“neighbors”isatruetesImonyofthelovewehaveforChristJesus.

    Notlongago,Iwasdeeplyhurtbysomeoneclosetome.Iwantedtoreact“giveapieceofmymind”,ifIamgoingtobeperfectlyhonest!Instead,Itookmy“hurt”totheLordandaskedforHisperspecIve.Itdidn’ttakeHimmorethanafewminutestodownloadintomyspirit“Hemayhavedividedthefamily…butyouarecreaIngdivisioninyourheart”.Inthatmoment,Iwasbeingmadeaccountableformychoicesin“conversaIons,conduct,andcharacter”regardingthisrelaIonship.Subsequently,forgivenesswastheonlyopIonforme.Yes,it’snoteasyandthememoryhurts,someImes.However,GodknowshowtotakethesIngoutofthe“hurt”!GodhasmadeyouandIthe“watchman”–honor,love,andprotectwhatulImatelybelongstoHim!

    Prayer:[email protected],thankyouforstrengtheningourfaithtoforgiveothers!InthenameofJesus,wepray.

    Amen

    Jan

  • March28ThursdayLuke17:1-4(honestyofbeinghurt)

    Allofushavehadfamilymemberswhohurtusinonewayoranother.Wecannotrunawayfromthemorignorethem.Theyarefamily.Thatiswhyitisbesttoforgivethemandgoonwithourlives.Lifeissoshort.

    Prayer:

    DearestJehovah,Pleasegivemethestrengthnottobeangryandhurtfromthefaultsofothers.

    Amen

    Susan

  • March29FridayPsalm103:6-13(God’sradicalforgiveness)

    Godislove.ThispassageisaboutGod’sloveforus.WhatGoddoesforustellsuswhatHe’sreallylike.Heiscompassionateandgracious.HelovesusuncondiIonally.Itisnothingwecanearn.Itisgiventoallwholoveandfearhim.HemadeknownhiswaystoMoses;hiddeedstothepeopleofIsrael.TimeandImeagain,thepeopleofIsraeldisobeyedGod’slawswhenthingsweregoinggood.Whentheirdisobediencecausedsuchturmoilandhardshipsintheirlives,theyrepented,beggedGod’sforgivenesswiththepromiseofobedience.TheirconstantdisobediencetoGodcausedHimgreatpain.EachImetheyrepented,asacompassionate,uncondiIonallylovingFather,Heforgavethem.IknowthatIhurtGodwhenI,liketheIsraelites,strayfromGod’slawsgivenbyMoses.

    Prayer:DearGod,pleasehelpmebeobedienttoyourlaws.WhenIstray,pleasebecompassionateandgracioustome.InJesusnameIpray.Amen

    Rose

  • March30 SaturdayJeremiah8:18-22(acknowledgmentofpainofbetrayal)

    Jeremiah’sgriefwasbeyondhealing.Hehadpaininhisheartforthecrying,starvingchildren,mothers,andfathers.Goddidn’tleaveyou.Godisalwayswithall.

    Prayer:

    OurLordinheaven,Pleaseprayforunderprivelegedandalltheworld.Prayforfood,clothes,andlivingquarters.Collectinthechurchesandprayforhelp.TheLordisalwayswithus.Amen

    Joyce

  • GranIngForgivenessand

    Renewing/ReleasingtheRelaIonship

  • April1Monday Ephesians4:31-32(forgiveasyou’vebeenforgiven)

    Wehaveallbeenhurtbysomeoneelse,butweshouldrememberthatmostlikelywehavehurtsomeoneourselves.WeshouldhopethatwecanforgiveandbeforgivenjustasGodhasforgivenus,andthatourrelaIonshipscanberenewedtoabeXerlevel.

    Prayer:DearLordhelpustoforgiveoneanotherasyouhaveforgivenus,sothatwemayliveamoreGodlylife.Amen

    Ray

  • April2TuesdayMalachi3:6-7(God’sunendingloveanddesireforrepentance)

    God'smindisabsolutelyundivided.ThismeansthatHissovereigntycanneverbeseparatedfromHislove;HisgracecannotbeseparatedfromHisomniscience;HisjudgmentcannotbeseparatedfromeitherHismercyorHiswrath.GodisabsolutelyconstantbecauseHisfaithfulprovidencecannotbeseparatedfromanyotherofHisaXributes.Godiswholeandcomplete.Undereverycircumstance,Heisneverconfusedoruncertainaboutwhattodo.HeisalwaysheadedinthesamedirecIon,whichistocompleteHispurpose.

    ItisabsolutelyimpossibleforHimtodoanythingthatisnotwiseandatthesameImeloving.ItisHewhotellsushowtoliveandhowtobelikeHim.WhatGodishasawesomeramificaIonsforusbecausewearesodifferent,andHewantsustobelikeHim,tobeonewithHim,tobewhole,tobecomplete,tobeundividedinmindlikeHim.BecomingthiswayrequiresameasureofcooperaIonfromus.ComparedtoGod,ourmindsareallovertheplace,andthuswearesoeasilydistractedfromourfocus.WeneedtocomebacktoHimandbegratefulandawareofhowblessedwearebyhisinfinitemercy.KnowthattheLordneverchangesinhisloveforus!

    Prayer:Oh,Lord,pleasegiveusstrengthtotryandliveourlivesmoreinyourways.ThankyouforalwaysbeingalovingandgraciousGod.Amen

    Joyce

  • April3Wednesday Genesis33:1-11(EsauforgivesJacob)

    SomeImesyougointoasituaIonpreparedforresistancebuttheotherpersonhasalreadyforgivenyou.JacobwaspreparedtodefendhislovedonesagainstEsauandhismen.Itwasn'tanecessarystepasEsauwascomingtoJacobpreparedtoforgivehim.Esaudidn'tbelievehedeservedthegifspresentedtohimbyJacobbutbecauseheinsistedEsauaccepted.Esauthenletthewayfortheirtravel.

    Prayer:DearGod,Letusforgivethosewhohavedoneuswrong.Helpguideustonotalwaysassumetheworseinpeople.Allowustoforgiveandpresent[email protected]onshipwithourpeers,family&[email protected]

    BeckiandJames

  • April4Thursday Colossians3:12-17(forgiveoneanother)

    ThisbibleversereinforcesthatweareallchildrenofGod,andassuch,weshouldbetolerantofoneanother.NomaXerourdifferences,weshoulddemonstratecompassion,humility,andforgivenessinourrelaIonshipswitheachother.Livebyexample,theexampleJesushasshownus,andunitewithoneanotherinlove.

    Prayer:DearGod,[email protected]esbyyourexampleandforgiveeachotherforourfaultssothatwemaylivetogetherinpeaceandunity.InJesusnamewepray,Amen

    Tammy

  • April5FridayPsalm32:1-7(blessednessinforgiveness)

    Transgressions,orsins,eatawayatyoufromtheinside.WhenyouhavewrongedsomeoneyouwillnotfeelbeXerunIlyouareforgiven.ConfessingyoursinsandhavingGodforgiveyourefreshesyoursoul.GoddoesnotputcondiIonsonforgiveness.Heforgivesallsins.

    Prayer:

    [email protected]inmylifewithyou.Amen

    TomandMichele

  • April6Saturday Luke19:1-10(ZacchaeusmakesresItuIonforsins)

    Weareallsinners.Somepeoplehavesomuchandtheywillnotsharewiththosewhodonot.TheydonothaveJesusintheirlife.TheyhavetopraytogettheLordJesusintotheirlifesotheycangivefood,money,andotherthings.Theyhaveplentysotheyshouldgivetopeoplewhoareinneed.

    Prayer:

    DearLord,Pleasecomeintothelivesofpeoplewhohaveanexcessofeverything,[email protected]@on.GrantthemforgivenesstorenewtheirfaithinYou.

    Diane

  • AllCanBeForgiven

  • April8Monday1John1:8-9(confessionofsins)

    Allcanbeforgiven.Asweaksinners,byaccepIngJesusChristasourLordandSavior,wecanaskforforgivenessofoursins.Deepwithinoursouls,wecanlivethelifeofHistruth,prayingforforgivenessofoursins,andweareforgiven.

    MyPrayer:LordGod,youaremostforgivingofmysins.Thankyouforyourcompassion,forgiveness,andlove.Amen

    Donna

  • April9Tuesday Hosea2:16-20(God’sforgivenessofunfaithfulness)

    ThemessageIheardfromHosea2:16-20wasthatweareALWAYSforgiven!We,ashumanbeingswillconInuallymakemistakes.Mostofustrytobethebestversionofourselves,butunfortunatelyweseemtoalwaysfallshort.Thissaid,wemustrealizewearenotperfect!Godknowswearenotperfect,HeconInuestoforgiveusImeandImeagain,nomaXerthecircumstance.GodwillALWAYSbethereforusthroughHisWord(TheBible),andmanyImesthroughsomeoneelse!Weneedtoopenoureyesandourheartsandreceivethispricelessgif!WemustconInuetotrytobethebestversionofourselvesandrememberthatGodisALWAYSwithus,andwillforgiveus…nomaXerwhat!

    Prayer:

    DearLord!

    [email protected],evenwhenwefallshortofbeingthebestversionofourselves.Helpustobemorelikeyou,fullofloveandforgivenesstowardourselvesandothers.HelpustofollowyourpathusingyourWord!

    InJesusChrist,

    Amen!

    Margie

  • April10Wednesday

    John18:15-27,John21:15-17(JesusforgivesPeter’sdenials)

    IntheseversesweseePeter’sDenialofJesusthreeImesfollowedbyJesus’forgivenessofPeteraferJesus’resurrecIon.JesuspointedlyaskedPeter,“Simon(Peter)Doyouloveme?”TowhichPeterresponds,“YesLord,YouknowthatIloveyou.”AndthequesIonpersistsforthreeImeswhichisbeginningtoagitatePetertothepointthathefeelshurtbyJesus.ItisenIrelypossiblethatJesusafertheresurrecIonissubtlyremindingPeterofhisdenialof3Imes.ButwhatisevenmoreimportantisJesusactofforgiveness.PeterdeniedJesus3ImesandJesuscamebacktohimafertheresurrecIonandaskedforhisconfirmaIonoflovetobeforgivenandJesussays,”Feedmysheep.”--WOW!HereisPeterwhoplayedaroleinJesusdeathandhehasbeenelevatedtoaroleasaprimemoverandleaderfortheChurchmovingforward.IfJesuscanforgivePeter,thinkofwhatwe(you&I)havedonethroughourlives.WehavenotcommiXedtreasonagainstthechurchorGodandhopefullywehavenotcommiXedmurderbutevenifwehave,ALLISFORGIVEN.Thatissuchafreeinganduplifingthoughttome–toknowthatwhateverIhavedone,andwhomeverIhavewrongedinmylifecanbeforgiven.Mysoullifsinpraisesaying,“ThankyouJesus!”

    Prayer:DearHeavenlyFather,WhileIknowthatIamsinfulandhavecommi?edoffensesagainstyouandmyfellowbrothers&sistersinChrist,Iaskyourforgiveness.IaffirmmyloveforyouJesus,asPeterdidandIrepeat,”Lord,youknowthatthatIloveyou”.MylifewouldbenothingwithoutyouinitandItrulythankyouforyourforgivenessandthecommitmentthatyouhavemadeinme.Letmebeaninstrumentofyourloveandforgivenesstoothers,inJesusname.Amen.

    Darrell

  • April11Thursday

    Mark2:1-12(forgivenessbeforerepentance)

    Mark2:1-12IllustratesJesusloveforallnomaXerwhoyouareandwhatyouhavedone.Jesuswillalwaysloveyouandforgiveyoursins.AllcanbeforgivenandweasChrisIansneedtobemoreforgivingofothersandhavecouragesimilartothefourmenthatbroughttheparalyzedmantoJesusforforgivenessandhismiracleofhealing.Bywelcomingallpeople,notjudgingandforgivingotherswewillallbecomeclosertoGodinourfaithjourney.

    Prayer:DearGod,thankyouforforgivingoursinsandforguidingou[email protected]nuetonurtureourfaithandhelpussharethegoodnewsbringingfriendsandcommunityclosertoyou.Thankyouforhearingourprayersandpleasehelpustoforgiveothersasallcanbeforgiven.Amen

    Haveablessedday!Deb

  • April12FridayPsalm51:1-12(David’srepentance)

    Forgivenessisofenharderthanitsounds.Itcanbedifficulttoforgiveotherswhenwefeelbetrayedandhurt,butwithGod'shelpwecandoit.Itisofenevenhardertoforgiveourselves.WhenIfirstreadthetheme-AllCanBeForgiven-itremindedmeofwhensuicidehasoccurredinourcommunity.IalwaystoldMadisonandmyGirlScoutsthatsuicideisnevertheanswer.NomaXerwhathappens,it'llneverbesobadthatGodwouldn'tforgiveyouandwewouldn'tloveyou.Somanyseemlost,IpraythattheyfindGodandthesupporttheyneed.

    Prayer:DearGod,pleasehelpmetoforgiveothersandmyself.PleaseremindmethatbecauseofyourforgivenessnothingneedstoseparatemefromYou.Createinmeapureheart,OGod,andrenewasteadfastSpiritwithinme.AmenBrenda

  • April13SaturdayMaXhew5:43-48(forgiveyourenemy)

    WhataImetoprayforforgiveness.Mostofusprayforforgivenessforourselves.Wearesinners,weknowit,Godknowsitandthat’swhywepray.InMaXhew,Jesustalksofpraying,notourselves,butforourenemies.Ourenemies?Youcan’tbeseriousJesus?Yesheis.ItisaImewhenliterally,“theenemyisatthegates”.Theenemycomesinfromthesky,theenemycomesinfromtheseaandtheenemylieswithinourownborders.Howcanwestopthis?Buildawall?Inspecteveryplaneandshipthatentersourcountry.Surewetry,butit’snotafail-safeplan.Whatweneedtodoisprayfortheirheartstochange.OnlyGodcanstopthemadnessthatexistsinourworld.Throughprayer,hopefullyhewill.

    Prayer:Godwepraythatthosethatseektodestroyusrealizethatwearenottheenemy.Thattheenemyexistsintheirheartsandthatweaskthatyourepairthoseheartssothatwecanallloveoneanotherthewayyoursontaughtus.

    Amen

    Ken

  • HolyWeek

  • April15MondayLuke15:11-32(radicalnatureofforgiveness)

    Thisisthewell-knownparableoftheprodigalson,wherebyasonwhohassquanderedmuchofwhathasbeengiventohim,leaveshomeandreturnspennilesstobewelcomedwithopenarmsbyalovingfather,notsomuchbyajealousbrother.

    ThisstoryillustratestheuncondiIonalloveofaparentforachildregardlessofbehaviornotapproved………

    SomeImeseasiersaidthandone!

    SimilarlyitshowsGod’sabilityandwillingnesstoforgiveoursinfulnatureeachandeverydayasweareallHischildren.Hetoo,welcomesuswitharmswide!

    Prayer:

    DearLord,

    [email protected],butnototherswithwhomwehavehadproblemsordisagreements.Helpustoshowyourloveandabilitytoforgiveothersasyouloveandforgiveus.

    Amen

    Kurt

  • April16Tuesday

    Psalm85(God’sforgiveness)

    ThisisaPsalmofforgiveness.ItisapleafortherestoraIonofpeace.ItisaprayerthatoffersthankfulnessforwhatGodhasdone.Weareblessed,rescuedandrestored.

    Itisaprayerforgraceandmercy.ItasksforsalvaIon.ThePsalmislookingforGodtoanswerourprayers,soitisalsoamessageofhope.TheLordwillprovidethatwhichisgood.

    Prayer:

    DearLord,wethankyoufortheforgivenessofoursins.Thankyoufortheunderstandingthatwearenotperfect.Yourmercyisgreat.Yourrescueofusgivesushope.Lordweaskthatyouempowerustofollowyourrighteousness.Giveusthestrengthentoforgiveourneighborsasyouhavedoneforus.Letusfollowyourlead,andgrantmercyontheimperfectworldinwhichwelive.Grantuspeace.Amen

    Mike

  • April17Wednesday Micah7:18-20(God’sfaithfulness)

    ThisisaBibleverseofforgiveness.Goddoesnotholdagrudge.Heknowswehaveslipped,fallen,backsliddenandfeelgreatguilt.Butweareenabledtoconfessoursinsandseekforgivenessofthem.GodreleasesHisangerandreplacesitwithloveandCompassion.OursisalovingGod.HerejoicesinthesalvaIonofthesinner.

    Itisaprayerforgraceandmercy.ItasksforsalvaIon.TheversesarelookingforGodtoanswerourprayers,soitisalsoamessageofhope.TheLordwillprovidethatwhichisgood.

    Prayer:“Andinthatdayyoushallsay,OLord,Iwillpraiseyou;thoughyouwereangrywithme,yourangeristurnedaway,andyoucomfortedme.”Isaiah12:1

    YouaretheonlyGod.Youforgiveoursinsandofferyourlove.Youshelveyourangeranddistributeyourmercy.

    Lordwethankyou.Weprayforthecouragetobelikeyou.Wewanttoforgiveourneighbor.Wenonotwanttoharboranger.Weprayforthestrengthtobekindandmerciful.

    Amen

    Trish

  • April18(MaundyThursday) MaXhew26:26-29(forgivenessthroughChrist)

    Plaques,monuments,statuesareabundantthroughoutourcountry.Thesevisualsremindusofrealpeopleandwhattheydidtobringvictorytoourcountry.Sacrificesweremadetopreserveourfreedom.ThelastsupperpicturesthesacrificeJesusmadeforus.Itwouldseemthereisnothinginthebreadorwinethatforgivessins.Buttheyarenotsymbolic.Lutheransteachthattheelementsremainbreadandwine,andthroughGod'smiracle,asweconsumethem,Christisalsopresent.Christispresentforourforgiveness!

    Prayer:

    DearJesus,

    Thankyouforyourforgiveness,loveandsacrifice.Leadmedailytoactaccordinglytoyourwill….

    Dothisfortheremembranceofme.

    Amen

    Peg

  • April19(GoodFriday)Romans3:21-26(allhavesinned,forgivenessisagif)

    Tome,thisbiblepassagefocusesonthethoughtofforgiveness.Itdoesn’tmaXerthecolorofyourskin.Itdoesn’tmaXeryoursexualpreference.Itdoesn’tmaXerwhereyoulive.Itdoesn’tmaXerhowmuchmoneyyouhave.Itdoesn’tmaXerwhatyourreligionis.WeareallGod’schildren.AndbeingachildofGod,wehaveallsinned.PartofHolyWeekisacknowledgingtheredempIonofoursinsbecauseGodgavehisonlysonJesusChristasasacrificeofatonement.SonomaXeryourskincolor,yoursexualpreference,whereyouliveorhowmuchmoneyyouhave,oryourreligion,ifyoubelieveinGodyoursinsareforgiven.

    PRAYER:

    DearLord,another[email protected]on.ThankyouforgivingyouronlySonfortheforgivenessofoursins.I’[email protected],butwearenotpe[email protected]nglifewithyou.InJesus’namewepray…Amen.

    DianeandRich

  • April20SaturdayEphesians2:1-9(sinbringsdeath,Christgiveslife)

    SinceAdamandEvesinnedintheGarden,wehaveallsinned.Sinisdeath,thelossofGod!SometodayarebeingdirectedbySatan.Wehaveachoicewhomwewillfollow.Fleshbringsdeathandhell.TheSpiritbringslife.GraceisGod'sgifoflovetous.Wedon'tdeservegraceandcannotearnitbygoodworks.ChristmadeusaliveandbyGod'sgracewearesaved!Howgooditfeelstoknowweareforgiven!

    Prayer:GloriousFather,ThankyouforthegiaofJesuswhodiedtosaveus!Youhaveforgivenusandsavedusbyyourgrace.LettheSpiritliveinourhearts.Guideustoliveinyourways,servingandforgivingothers.InJesus'namewepray.Amen

    Rosalynn

  • Easter

    April21,2019