It’s Saturday, the Sabbath – Forgiveness is the gift that keeps on giving

Tekoa is a little town five miles south of Bethlehem. Except for its place in history, it forgive us our trespassesremains a nondescript place in Israel.

King David’s son Absalom was by no means a model son. David was estranged from this son.

General Joab, David’s nephew and head of the Israeli army, sought to reconcile the two men. Joab asked a woman known for her wisdom to play out a little drama before the King.

You can read the story for yourself from 2 Samuel 14.

That wise woman of Tekoa said to King David, “All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.

The key to being forgiven of your own sins is to readily forgive others of their sins against you.

Hypocrisy is an ever present foible of mankind. Regardless our outward appearances, regardless our religious associations. The Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Today is day 7. It’s the Sabbath. Let’s purpose to give our grudges and unforgiveness a rest.

By grace, God facilitates forgiveness and reconciliation. Facilitate means he makes it easy to do. Forgiveness pleases God.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Grace defined – Philippians 2:13.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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