…And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Confess your trespasses to one another,
and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:15-16

Dear Friend,

One of the many powerful themes that comes up during both the spring and fall biblical holidays is forgiveness and repentance. “Working out our salvation” always includes examining our lives, taking stock of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

This concept includes learning to ask for forgiveness, extending forgiveness to others and even forgiving ourselves. This is a divine principle that is so vital it shows up twice in the Lord’s Prayer! In fact, God says if you don’t show the spirit of forgiveness, He won’t be able to forgive you. This is what Jesus taught His disciples—so it must be very important! (Matthew 6:12-15)

God’s power for becoming a better you includes accepting responsibility for your life, the decisions you’ve made and for what things you’ve done in the past to hurt other people.  Ignoring what you’ve done or blaming others for everything will just keep you in bondage. (John 8:34) Keep in mind that God doesn’t use your past failures, sins and mistakes for breaking you—He uses them for making you! Once you let the Son set you free, you’ll have a powerful testimony you can share with others.

So don’t fall into the trap of trying to hide and cover up the negative things from your past, but instead do things God’s way. Confess your faults so that you may be healed. (James 5:16) Admit those bad decisions and shortcomings, confess your sins and go to those you’ve hurt and say you’re sorry.

This is when the God of all mercy and grace can transform you.  He will take you to a whole new level of restoration, wholeness and true freedom. Isn’t that powerful? This is your season to become all that God has destined for you to be!

Your best is here now!

Pastors Larry and Tiz

Today’s Prayer:

Father God, thank You for giving me the courage and strength to forgive others, and to forgive myself for all the mistakes I’ve made and sins I’ve committed. Right now I receive Your grace, mercy and forgiveness into my life, and receive peace, restoration, wholeness and spiritual freedom in all my relationships—especially my relationship with You! I love You and thank You for this, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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