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Friday, October 7, 2016

Receive God's Forgiveness, Comfort and Joy

        Have you had your Joy Juice today?  God’s love, comfort and joy are always available.

         We know to call on God in sickness, in heartbreak, in despair.  We trust that He will hear our prayers and comfort us in our grief. But we sometimes question if He will be there when we make bad choices and bring affliction upon ourselves by breaking His laws. 

            If we are truly repentant, God will forgive us. He washes away our sin to be remembered no more.  Heb. 8:12 tells us: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”  Wow! What great news!  HOWEVER, we still have to face the consequences of our wrong choices.

Remember the woman dragged before Jesus by the Pharisees. She had been caught in adultery, which was a clear violation of the Law. The religious leaders were prepared to stone her to death, but Jesus spoke to her with compassion. Although He in no way condoned her sin, He did recognize that she was already facing consequences for her unwise choices. He forgave her, saying, “Go. From now on, sin no more.”  John 8:11

Let’s remember that God’s Word tells us nothing can separate us from the love of God. Don’t allow shame to chase you away from the Father’s loving arms.  2 Corinthians 1:3 reminds us that He is “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” 

Receive God’s forgiveness, comfort and joy.

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