Red Letter Challenge Day 2: Forgiving

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” -Jesus

Onto what am I holding? From whom am I withholding forgiveness? To whom am I denying grace?

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By doing so, in essence I am saying, “Go to hell.” Harsh? Fine.

By doing so, in essence I am saying, “I am better than you.”

“My sin isn’t so bad that God should withhold forgiveness from me…but yours is.”

Do I really feel that way? Honestly, sometimes I do.

Should I objectively feel that way? Absolutely not.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Paul (sinner and former persecutor of Christians)

“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven.” -Jesus

Wow, that’s powerful! And radical! OF COURSE it came from from Jesus!

So who will you be? Grace-filled and grace-giving? Or empty and stingy?

These first 5 days are about introducing the main themes, and the challenges get more direct starting next week. But that’s a pretty big challenge in itself.

Will I personify God’s grace to those around me?

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