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Daily Reading: 21st March 2016

John 20.22-23 cont.

22 And saying this He breathed on them and says to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit”. 

23 If you should forgive anyone their sins, they stand forgiven; if you withhold (forgiveness) it stands withheld.

Forgiveness is something that we all need, since none of us is without sin.

The word of God tells us this:

For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard – Romans 3.23 (NLT). There are no exceptions to this. Sin begins in our minds, where it germinates to become active through our words and actions.

Once again we see that the word of God makes this clear:

[14] Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.

[15] These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death – James 1.14-15 (NLT).

Sin is within us, and it is a condition that we are born with, it is within the DNA of every human being. King David recognised this when he wrote:

For I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me – Psalm 51.5 (NLT).

None of us can escape the fact that we are all sinners, and, therefore, we all stand in need of the forgiveness of God.

This forgiveness He has made available to us all, and it comes to us through Jesus.

Sin has to be paid for, and the payment Jesus has made for us through dying for us on the cross.

Paul wrote:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 6.23 (NLT).

We all deserve death, we all deserve to spend eternity in hell, because we are all sinners.

Yet, God who is rich in love and mercy does not want anyone to spend eternity in hell, instead He wants all to be saved. He wants all to repent and to receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. His desire is that all should seek Him for His forgiveness.

We have this wonderful promise in the word of God:

If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous so that He may forgive us our sins and might cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1.9.

Let us all make sure that we constantly confess our sins to God and so receive His forgiveness.

cont. tomorrow.

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