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Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  Colossians 3:13

Friday 02 December

Any happy and harmonious community relies upon forgiveness. It isn’t an optional extra but an absolute necessity. However, it is also incredibly hard work, so we need to reflect very carefully upon it.

Humans step on one another’s toes very easily. In complete innocence, we often do it without meaning to. We say or do things which are obviously right to us, but which cause hurt and unhappiness to others. And, by the same token, people step on our toes and hurt us unintentionally. The only way of coping with this inevitable part of community life is to forgive. This forgiveness rarely needs to be put into words; saying that you forgive another person for their thoughtless words or actions can easily produce problems of its own. God calls us to live with an attitude of forgiveness that graciously and lovingly moves on from the hurt without drawing attention to it.

That might be called the relatively easy part of forgiveness. But what do you do when someone has deliberately gone out of their way to cause you serious harm? Surely justice demands that you settle the score and get your own back? No. God calls us to forgive that too, even when it’s incredibly tough to do so. Often, it’s so tough that the only way in which we can do it is by remembering that this is exactly how God has treated us. Through our thoughts, words and actions we have sinned against God. And there is absolutely no reason why he should forgive us. But that is what he has chosen to do.

Jesus made it plain that God loves to give his forgiveness to us, but it is conditional. He can only forgive us if we are willing to pass it on to others. That sounds straightforward enough until we need to forgive someone who has wronged us. It is not an easy journey, but it is God’s loving way for all of us.

When did you last need to forgive someone and what did you learn from the experience?

Loving God, thank you for your gift of forgiveness to me. Help me to be more generous in sharing your forgiveness with those who offend me. Amen


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Extravagant praise

Prayer : Prepare
Close your mind to distractions but don't have a closed mind. Seek, listen and then act.

Psalm 100

'Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.'
Bible passage: Psalm 100

Psalm 100

A psalm for giving thanks.
1 Shout to the Lord with joy, everyone on earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come to him with songs of joy.
3 I want you to realize that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we belong to him.
We are his people.
We are the sheep belonging to his flock.
4 Give thanks as you enter the gates of his temple.
Give praise as you enter its courtyards.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 The Lord is good. His faithful love continues forever.
It will last for all time to come.

Text: Main point: Extravagant praise
Responding to God

This psalm addresses our emotions, mind, choices and future, bathing each one in praise to the Lord. Our emotions are engaged as we worship the Lord with 'gladness' and 'joy'. This is a response to who God is, independent of our circumstances in life.

Our minds are to 'know that the LORD is God' and that God made us - he is the creator of the universe and father of his people. These statements are worthy of thinking about deeply, backed up by evidence and truly connected to reality.

True worship

Our choices are challenged too: we are to 'enter his gates'. This is something we desire for ourselves and act upon, no one else can do it for us. And our future is secure - God's love endures for ever and his faithfulness continues through successive generations.

As we praise him these different elements come into play in our worship. We are whole people and true worship will exercise our whole being.

Amy Orr-Ewing
Prayer : Respond
Choose to praise God today - perhaps by singing a song of praise as a response to this psalm. Engage your mind and emotions in worshipping him and remember that your future is in his hands.

Commit your family to his enduring love and pray that future generations will continue to worship the Lord.

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