Sunday, April 10
John 21: 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” he said, “Lord, you know that I love you.”
Prayer: Jesus, may we find your forgiveness in due season.
Thought for the day: Forgiveness like therapy works through the pain to achieve wellbeing.
Monday, April 11
John 20: 21 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give thanks that you are a champion of forgiveness and not a vengeful god.
Thought for the day: The inability to withhold vengeance may be a sign of weakness.
Tuesday, April 12
Mark 16:7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.
Prayer: Jesus, you do call us by name to settle accounts with us.
Thought for the day: After Peter’s betrayal, why did the messenger at the tomb say Jesus was looking for him?
Wednesday, April 13
John 13:37, 38 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
Prayer: Lord, we are humbled to think you know our weaknesses and faults and love us still.
Thought for the day: Flaws in some works of art may not decrease their ultimate worth.
Thursday, April 14
Psalm 103:3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
Prayer: God, our Heavenly Father, we like David know you to be a forgiving God.
Thought for the day: Without forgiveness the slightest failure can be the ruin of a relationship.
Friday, April 15
Daniel 9:9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
Prayer: Lord God, you surely love your people to preserve them through many generations.
Thought for the day: Reconciliation of those wronged may follow from forgiveness, even if a reversal of the consequences does not follow from forgiveness.
Saturday, April. 16
Matthew 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for modeling forgiveness in deed as in word.
Thought for the day: The proud will not offer forgiveness, but the humble can give and receive forgiveness.
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