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Some Thoughts on Forgiveness (Part 3)

10 May

We are thinking about the topic of forgiveness.  One of the workshops I will be Screenshot 2016-03-22 05.31.56giving at Emmaus Bible College’s “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference (May 26-28) is entitled “The Forgotten Virtue of Forgiveness.”

One of the many texts that have impacted me concerning forgiveness is found in Acts 26.  There we read:

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Let’s notice a couple of truths in this passage:
(1)  God promises to appoint Saul as a servant and witness for Him (v. 16).
(2) God promises to rescue Saul from his own people and the Gentiles (v. 17).
(3) God commissions Saul to go to the lost
      (a) to open their eyes and
      (b) to turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God! (v. 18).
(4) God’s purpose in sending Saul is “so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” (v. 18).
Now Saul’s call was unique, although all believers are commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel, right?  When we share the Good News about Jesus, we are seeking to open eyes and to turn others from darkness to light.  Why?  So they may receive forgiveness!
The pastor John MacArthur tells about how he is sometimes asked on airplanes Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 6.31.30 AMwhat he does.  He says,”I tell people how they can get their sins forgiven — are you interested?”
My prayer:  “Lord, help me to keep in focus my commission of rescuing others by Your grace.  Thank You for opening my eyes and forgiving me.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”
 
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