Saturday, March 31, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23 : 34
LISTEN : God’s love gives birth to His forgiveness. Whom He loves He forgives and restores. His love can pacify His anger no matter what. Jesus Christ was led to Golgotha (a place of the skull) to be crucified. When His accusers had perfected their desperate plans to crucify Him, they nailed Him to the cross after mocking and tormenting Him to their satisfaction. However, irrespective of His agony on the cross, He prayed the Father to forgive their ignorance. The Bible says, ” When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23 : 33 , 34).
As humans, it is easier to forgive minor offenses, but difficult to forgive when one is badly hurt. Jesus was badly hurt, yet, He sought forgiveness and peace for those who tormented Him. When He made this prayer on the cross while in pain, He had everyone of us in mind. Beloved, you were in His plan of salvation when He died on the cross. When He forgives His accusers for their ignorance, He forgives both past and future sinners. Today we are saved and blessed by His love, expressed through His death and subsequent forgiveness of our sins. What a wonderful Saviour we have in Jesus! Friend, is there someone you have not forgiven? But because God has forgiven us, determine to forgive others. Besides, embrace and crown Jesus Lord and Saviour of your life today.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Forgive others because God equally forgave us through Jesus Christ.
2. Receive the Gospel of Christ and refuse to walk in ignorance.
3. Do not crucify Jesus Christ afresh by mocking and rejecting the gospel of life.
4. Embrace and crown Jesus Christ Lord and Saviour of your life Today.
Daily Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank you for your mercy and love towards me. I would have been lost without your forgiveness through Jesus’ death. Help me to live for you all the days of my life, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Task : Beloved, is there someone you have not forgiven? But because God forgives you, determine to forgive others. Besides, embrace and crown Jesus Lord and Saviour of your life.
Daily Reflection : You were in God’s plan of salvation when Jesus died on the cross. When He forgives His accusers for their ignorance, He forgives both past and future sinners.
Daily Quote : “God’s love gives birth to His forgiveness; for whom He loves He saves, forgives and restores.”
Today In History : March 31, 1282 The great massacre of the French in Sicily The Sicilian Vespers comes to an end.
Say This : Today, I confess that Jesus Christ died for me. I am saved and transformed by His death. Therefore, I will serve and worship Him the rest of my life, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You are favoured. May the death of Jesus Christ on the cross change your life for ever. May you serve and worship God the rest of your life, in Jesus ‘ name, amen.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the first parachute jump from plane was in 1918 over France?
(Only For Those who are Yet to Acknowledge Jesus Christ As Lord And Saviour)
Please Say This Prayer:
Precious Father, I thank you for this opportunity. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot help myself. Forgive my sin and accept me as your own. Today, I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. The evil I used to do, I will do them no more. Henceforth, I offer myself as instrument of righteousness to you. Thank you because I am born again, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Praise God! You Are Now Born Again
THEN DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
> Having been saved, look for a Bible believing church and fellowship with the brethren to sustain your faith.
> Read the Bible and meditate in the word of God on a daily basis.
> Pray daily and dedicate yourself to the LORD’s service.
GOD BLESS YOU