Wednesday, 16 March 2011

40 days of Grace

Part of today's reading..


Mark 2

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven.

6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?

8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . . He said to the paralytic, 11 I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, We have never seen anything like this
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One of the truly beautiful things about Christianity is the relief and joy of forgiveness. OK some of us feel guilty about stuff in life that we need not, but a fair look in the mirror of our conscience will always reveal shortcomings, failure to do the good we should and a streak of rebellion against God that makes us want to be masters of our destiny. And all that despite the gift of life given to us by God. Oh yea, life is a gift. It's not earned by us and is so often taken for granted (until its threatened in some way).


To be a forgiven person however brings the challenge of being a forgiving person. As the old King James version puts it
Forgive us out debts as we forgive our debtors!
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