Weeping Jesus

Psalm 65:3 (CEB)  When wrongdoings become too much for me, you forgive our sins.

1 John 1:8-10 (TLB) 8  If we say that we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9  But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. [And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.] 10  If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling God a liar, for he says we have sinned.

Matthew 6:14-15 (CEB) 14  "If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  But if you don't forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins.

Matthew 18:21-22 (HCSB) 21  Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22  “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus said to him, “but 70 times seven.

Colossians 3:13 (TLB)  Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.


I was assisting another pastor in a revival meeting when we visited a man who had been active in the church, but, due to a dispute with a fellow member, he had quit attending church. We reasoned with him at length about the need for forgiveness and returning to church. Reluctantly, he agreed, and we had prayer together. When we were leaving, he followed us to the car and said, "Now, I'll forgive him, but all I want is for him to stay on his side of the road, and I'll stay on mine." M. B. Webb Illustrations Unlimited.

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