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What Are You Learning? – Day 6

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It is important for us to learn to let go; we must forgive. 

Learn to Let Go

DAY 6

It has been said, forgiveness is the release, on the part of the offended party, of any expectation that a debt will be repaid or that an offender will receive punishment for an offense. This is hard to do at times. There is a lot of leaning (or trust) that is needed in order to let go and forgive. Also, there is a lot of love needed in order to let go and forgive. We should learn to let go and forgive like the Lord.

While on the mountain of God, Moses is given the commandments while the Children of Israel await at the bottom of the mountain. The Lord passes before Moses and says in Exodus 34 that He is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, and forgiving iniquity and transgression of sin.”

And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
-- Exodus 34:6-7a (KJV)

Some commentaries will tell you that when it says “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” that it is speaking of God’s mercy and forgiveness lasting for a thousand generations. Is that not amazing of our God? That is a gracious, longsuffering, and forgiving God.

The Apostle Paul tells us to put on mercy, longsuffering, and forgiveness as the chosen people of God in Colossians 3.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
-- Colossians 3:12-13 (KJV)

The Apostle John tells us that God is faithful to forgive us and cleans us if we simply confess in 1 John 1. Thank God that he is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
-- 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

Lord help us to forgive our neighbors like you have forgiven us.

Let’s learn to let go and forgive like Jesus.

DAY 6 SCRIPTURES

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
-- Matthew 6:12, 14-15 (KJV)

What Are You Learning? – Day 5

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It is important for us to learn to love.

Learn to Love

DAY 5

We learn in Deuteronomy 6:5 that we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and might. This is not just a passing decision. It’s choosing to love the Lord with everything within you. It is choosing to say God is first and foremost in my life.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
-- Deuteronomy 6:5 (KJV)

Jesus Christ tells us in the Book of John that He is giving us a new commandment and we should not only love our neighbor as ourselves. But, instead, we should love them as Jesus has loved us. We are to love one another in the most selfless of ways. Even when we are hurt by one another.

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
-- John 13:34-35 (KJV)

When we operate as in the body of Christ and allow a fervent sowing of love it covers a multitude of sins. Aren’t you glad that love can cover a multitude of sins? Aren’t you glad that no matter what status we find ourselves that not only can the love of God save us and keep us but, also, the love of the body of Christ can show us love and help us.

When we love one another we are imitating God most clearly. The love of God lives within those that are born of God and obey God. 

Let’s learn to love one another as He loves us.

DAY 5 SCRIPTURES

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
-- 1 Peter 4:8 (KJV)
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-- 1 John 4:7-8 (KJV)
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