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4-6-2017 Forgiveness Is With God

“If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared” (Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV). To realize that God knows every sin of ours is to realize that no one is perfect enough by our self to face God without being forgiven. People can try to hide from God, like Adam and Eve who “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8 NKJV). People can act like Pharisees who, Jesus said, “are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts” (Luke 16:15 NKJV). Neither works! God’s forgiveness changes us. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#forgiven, #forgiveness

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11-17-2016 Jesus Shows Us His Way

In Luke 7:36-50, Jesus sat down to eat at a Pharisee’s house, “a woman in the city who was a sinner” washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, anointed them with fragrant oil.  The Pharisee thought Jesus was wrong to let a “sinner” touch Him.  After Jesus’ parable to Simon, Jesus said, “’Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.’ Then He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ (Luke 7:47-48 NKJV)1) On earth, Jesus could pronounce sins forgiven, because He was God.  2) What her sins were doesn’t matter, but coming to Jesus to be saved does! 3) Jesus says to all of us, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV) and in Heaven He saves those who obey.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #forgiven, #sins