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Forgive 70 Times 7...Christ Works in You

John 14:21-24 New International Version (NIV) 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” 22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Wednesday - May 20 - Read John 14:21-24

When Jesus says that those who love him will “keep my commandments” he

is not giving us a way to earn our salvation. If we could do it ourselves then

why did Jesus die on the cross?! Jesus demands that we love our enemies

and pray for them. Jesus demands that instead of holding a grudge we

forgive “seventy times seven,” in other words, as long as it takes! The

commands of Jesus are hard! And we will not be perfect. Instead, Jesus is

calling us to put Him first and desire His will for our lives instead of our own

will. We can do this by faith because of what Jesus has already done for us.

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