Gratitude Day #20 Thankful for Forgiveness

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I was among the largest people group in the entire world – sinners. Then something amazing happened in my life and I realized that the burden and weight of sin were gone and gone forever. I received for my past sins. I receive forgiveness for my present sins, and all I have to do is ask and I receive forgiveness for my future sins. The Berean Study Bible presents the case in this way.

Righteousness through Faith
22 And this righteousness from God [It is not even a matter of being forgiven anymore now God calls me righteous. Can you imagine that? A person who was born in sin and shaped in iniquity – that is what Ro 3:23 calls all of us – after acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior God now calls me righteous you too!] comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe [there is the caveat-it comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Messiah.] There is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.…Berean Study Bible ·

So, I am thankful for forgiveness. I am even thankful for the concept of forgiveness because when I apply it in my life to the life of others who have wronged me I am free. Have you received this amazing gift? The gift of forgiveness? It is like a cool gentle breeze on a hot sunny day. It feels like the warmth of the hearth on a frosty winter morning. It makes one’s mind as lean and as pristine as a new clean pane of glass. It is breathtaking!  Receive it, and give it. It changes your life!

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