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The Feeling Of Forgiveness


"And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God" (2 Chron.33:13).

Manasseh will go down in Bible history as one of the poorer kings of Israel. If we read the account of his life in 2 Chronicles 33, we'll find all of the detestable things that he did in the sight of the Lord. As a result of his actions, he and the people are led into captivity by the Assyrians. Today's verse shows him humbling himself before God. Even though the things he did and what they caused were terrible, God forgave him and he was restored. We all know the story of Peter (Lk.22:54-62) and his denial of Jesus...He denied the Lord three times and each denial and curse was heard by the Lord. When Peter realized what he had done he weeps in repentance. God forgives him and he is restored to do many great things...When the prophet Nathan confronts David after he had sinned with Bathsheba, he is overcome with grief. He writes what becomes Psalm 51, a blueprint for a sinning believer that desires to come back to full communion and service to the Lord. We find the confession in the first six verses and the plea for cleansing in verse seven. In the next few verses David pleads and cries for forgiveness. Finally, verse seventeen tells us about the attitude that is needed..."The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart." The mentality necessary for forgiveness is the "broken spirit and contrite heart." The feeling of forgiveness is like having a giant weight lifted from us and then smelling the sweetest aroma that we can imagine.Dale Carnegie wrote about his trip to Yellowstone National Park. He went to a place to view bears feeding and found that there was only one animal eating along side of the bears. It was a skunk. If the the animals would have fought, the powerful bear would have obviously won. But they did not fight and Carnegie wrote this: "But he knew that there would be the high cost of getting even." Jesus paid that high cost that we might be freed from the guilt of sin and feel the joy of being forgiven...

Have a great day....Praise the Lord with gladness..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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