Scriptures on forgiveness which directly quote Jesus have made a huge impact in my life. In fact, the first time I studied the entire Bible, I found these scriptures most memorable. In day-to-day life however, most of us struggle with forgiveness. We selectively forgive only individuals whom we deem repentant, deserving and rehabilitated. This rarely works because few offenders measure up to our subjective standards. Jesus, in contrast commanded us to forgive everyone, every time and for every offense. When Christ said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” He meant it. Believers liberally forgive others because (through the finished work of Christ), God has alreadyforgiven all of our sins. Our kindheartedness toward others demonstrates (to God) who are truly His children.
Have you ever felt as if you weren’t making a real difference in life? God has real important work for each of us! We are very talented and right at this moment, the Lord is searching for more workers. There is plenty of work and He appreciates our smallest efforts to help anyone. Sometimes we miss huge opportunities to help others because we scoff at the lack of pay or the job description. Are we unwilling to volunteer, even when we have time? In the Bible, we see God over-compensating everyone who is willing to try to work (Matthew 20:1-16). If you’ve been looking for honorable work or service, rest assured that God has work waiting for you! Mostly likely, it’s right under your nose. It may be in your family, community or your current job. God wants us to do what we can, where we are, with what we have. The Lord is faithful to promote us and pay us more than we ever dreamed possible! Thank you Jesus!