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God has forgiven us. Redemption and forgiveness go together. The word translated forgiveness means “to send away” or “to cancel a debt.” Christ has not only set us free and transferred us to a new kingdom, but He has canceled every debt so we cannot
be enslaved again. Satan cannot find anything in the files that will indict us!


In recent years, the church has rediscovered the freedom of forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of sinners is an act of His grace. We did not deserve to be forgiven, nor can we earn forgiveness. Knowing that we are forgiven makes it possible for us to fellow-
ship with God, enjoy His grace, and seek to do His will. Forgiveness is not an excuse for sin; rather, it is an encouragement for obedience. And, because we have been forgiven, we can forgive others. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant makes it clear that an unforgiving spirit always leads to bondage.


Verse for today: “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).


Also read: Matthew 18:21-35; Colossians 1:14; 3:13-14; Luke 6:37.


Action assignment: Memorize Ephesians 4:32—“And be ye kind one to another … even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Make a list of those whom you need to forgive. Maybe there is only one person on your list, but in the act of forgiving you will be changed and blessed.

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