Scripture: Read Matthew 6:12 “ …and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…” and Psalm 32:1, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven whose sin is covered.”

Thought: Matthew West was inspired to write his song, Forgiveness after hearing a mother’s story about losing her daughter to a drunk driver. God used the mother’s faith to release healing into her life by forgiving and the guilty murderer found personal freedom in Christ through her forgiveness. God’s love was her motivation to forgive. Christ died for our sins so that we might live in His Love. This week as I reflect each day on Holy Week, I imagine what Jesus must have sacrificially gone through. At first, on Palm Sunday the crowd praised him, “Hosanna” and then as the week grew closer to his crucifixion, how hard it must have been for him to resist retaliation from the hurt and resentment of the people who shouted, “Crucify Him.” Yet, Christ willingly granted free and full forgiveness. How can Christ not be a part of my life, it’s not about me, it’s about His Love for me.

Action: Is Christ your Life? Can you forgive a wrong and put the matter to rest? Set yourself free today. Lewis B. Smedes wrote, “Forgiveness can clear the bitterness away; it can even set a prisoner free. There is no end to what its power can do. So, let it go and be amazed by what you see through eyes of Grace. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Ask God to help you follow Christ’s example of forgiveness towards someone who has wronged you. Listen to Matthew West song, Forgiveness…“Out of the darkness of bitterness and into the light of forgiveness…”

Prayer: Lord, show me how to love the unlovable. Teach me how to reach the unreachable, help me now to do the impossible. Lord, it’s not about me and I praise thee for the gift to be free. Amen, Alleluia, Hallelujah, Praise be to God.

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