Fearlessly Forgiving

24 May

Contemplating the cross, we can find the courage to forgive as we were forgiven.

Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.  -C.S. Lewis

While studying the book of Romans, [Martin Luther] encountered the phrase, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17 KJV).  Slowly his eyes were opened and he saw clearly that God forgives us not because of anything we do, but solely on the basis of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross and rose from the dead.  He called that truth “the gate to heaven.”  So it is not surprising that Luther said that the phrase “I believe in the forgiveness of sins” was the most important article in the Apostles’ Creed.  He wrote, “If that is not true, what does it matter wherher God is almighty or Jesus Christ was born and died and rose again?  It is because these things have a  bearing upon my forgiveness that they are important to me.” –Ray Pritchard in The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Stop and think about that today.

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