Forgiveness comes from a heart filled with love. God asks us to forgive so that we will be forgiven. He forgives the sinner. I need not feel burdened by any wrong I have committed, because with a repentant heart I can turn to God for His salvation. His grace allows me to show mercy to those who I feel have wronged me. Didn’t Jesus say to the paralytic “your sins are forgiven’?
The scribes were thinking it was blasphemy for Jesus to say “Your sins are forgiven.” Perceiving what was in their hearts, He told the man to take up his pallet and go home. (Mark 2: 5-9)
LOVE AND JOY
Joy is the overflowing of a heart filled with love. Love for God, for self, for family and friends, and for our neighbours. Love is followed by joy, the second fruit of the spirit. (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). I feel joy within as I remember the teachings and blessings of Jesus. They connect me in a meaningful way with those around me. I can bless others as I praise the name of our Heavenly Father and ignore slights and hurts as I think how much more Jesus suffered for me. I accept the joy that He brought into my life so that I can live life abundantly.
John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
FAITH AND LOVE
God’s love for me strengthens my faith in Him. I have such faith because He has promised that He will never leave me or forsake me I have strong faith in His promise for “God, who never lies” (Titus 1:2) has shown His love for me in a myriad of ways. Joyfully, I display this love to others. My faith has been a defence against trials and disappointments. The paralytic’s faith touched Jesus. Unable to get into the room because of the crowd, his bearers removed the roof and let him down. Our faith prepares us to receive the good things God has promised.
Luke 8:48. And he said to the woman with the issue of blood, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”