Forgiveness

In Luke 23:34a Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” I think these are some of the most beautiful words ever spoken. These words show us the heart of Jesus while He was hanging on the cross. He had been rejected by the people, falsely accused by the rulers, scourged by the soldiers, and nailed to a cross for a crime He did not commit. He was guilty of nothing, but there was no bitterness in His heart. He was wronged in every way imaginable, yet He was requesting forgiveness for the wrong doers.

Sowing and Reaping

The Word of God teaches this very basic principle: every man sows and every man reaps what he sows. It is taught from the books of Moses and the Proverbs of Solomon to the teachings of Jesus and the letters of Paul. Every person sows seeds, and every person reaps the fruit of what they sow.

I See Men As Trees Walking

If our spiritual nature can be described as tree-like, then perhaps other aspects of spiritual horticulture apply. For example, does our spiritual condition spring from seeds? Is there more than one kind of seed it can spring from? Do we have roots? Is fruit produced? Are there different types of fruit that sprout from different seed? The answer from scripture to all of these questions is a resounding yes.

Healer's Words

"He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!" (Psalm 107:20-21).

I'm Glad it's Jesus

"When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed" (2 Corinthians 3:16).

The Glory of the Lord

"When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!" (Psalm 104:30-32).

Strength Indeed

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Greenleaf in Drought

Believers in America are living in a period of spiritual dryness, but many others in the world have experienced the severe conditions of spiritual drought. Drought is a time of unfruitfulness when the seeds sown do not root and no fruit is produced. Is it possible for Believers to bear the Fruit of the Spirit when all around us is the barren wasteland of the world?

What a beautiful thing it is to be appointed by the Lord for His purpose! His Will is a task for us to carry out as ambassadors and representatives of Christ Jesus. He has chosen us and appointed us to bear fruit – and not just fruit but lasting fruit. What a joy it is to know that His plan for us is to bear fruit for His glory! By His promises to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and by the knowledge that He had prepared beforehand what He meant for us to do for His sake (Ephesians 2:10), we can trustingly and obediently follow His intention for our lives, no matter what that purpose may be.

Dare to Trust the Lord

Throughout scripture and in our own lives, God speaks to us in various ways. Sometimes, when He speaks, it is in a “still small voice,” as He spoke to Elijah in 1Kings 19:12. Most of us may never hear His audible voice but we know when God is speaking to us. As we pray and ask the Lord to guide us to do the right thing, carrying out His Divine Will, we may feel an urgency to do something, even if it’s against all odds. We may not know exactly what we’re doing or why we’re doing it, but we know the Lord desires it.

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