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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Joanne Lowe's Meditations: 'Happiness'

“And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Matthew 9:1, 2 (King James Version)
     One of the most vicious attacks that satan launches against us is when he tells us that our sins have not been forgiven.  I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that satan is a liar.  Our Scriptures verses today confirm that he is a liar.  Jesus said “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee”.
     Not only does Jesus tell us that our sins are forgiven, He also tells us to be of good cheer.  We should be filled with happiness that our sins have been forgiven by the cleansing and atoning blood of Jesus.  The knowledge that our sins have been forgiven should be enough to make us shout with happiness.
     When God forgives us, He never remembers our sins again or holds them against us.  We need to do what God does for us.  When people hurt us, we should forgive them and never remind them of what they did to hurt us.  If we haven’t forgiven them from our heart, we have not forgiven them.
     Heavenly Father, there are times when we have sinned because we didn’t forgive people who hurt us from our heart.  We’re sorry.  Please have mercy on us and forgive us.  I pray that we will always forgive people who hurt us from our heart just as You forgive us from Your heart when we hurt You.  Amen.
Joanne Lowe
July 18, 2012

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