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Fresh Start Devotionals

Forgive I don’t think it is a coincidence that “forgive” contains the word “give,” do you? One of the most giving things you can do is forgive people who wrong you. Not an easy gift, but then again, the very nature of giving involves sacrifice. Most gifts involve sacrifice of time or money, but this gift-the gift of forgiveness-involves a sacrifice that cannot be measured in either time or money, it involves laying down justifiable anger, hurt and pain to extend grace to the very person who caused the anger, hurt or pain. In many ways, forgiveness is giving of our souls to someone else. Not to the person who harmed us, but to our God who loves us. When we forgive, we are doing what Jesus would do-what He did do-what He still does. Hanging on the cross, He prayed, “Father forgive them …” At the time he extended grace to the undeserving men & women who mocked, tortured and crucified Him, the greatest injustice in human history was taking place. He wasn’t forgiving a small thing, H…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 23 LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER Traditional Spiritual They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer … All the believers were together and had everything in common. (Acts 2:42, 44) The local church has been described as a laboratory where believers learn to love one another regardless of color, nationality, or financial status. Our common heavenly citizenship is the one dominant tie that binds our hearts together. One of the basic results of our weekly corporate worship should be the growing bond of love and unity that develops between believers. This bond of fellowship should result in God’s family members learning to care, honor, and serve one another in love. We should treat others with the same tenderness and understanding that we have experienced from God Himself. This determination to live in a love relationship with fellow believers is infinitely more important than the issues or differences that may se…