Daily Devotional Acts 3:17-20 – How does the grace of God work? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 462

“Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance. But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah—that he must suffer these things. Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.” (Acts 3:17-20)

When Jesus is weak and near death, he cries out. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” If I wrote that as a scene in a novel with another character, an editor would say it was impossible for someone near death to speak loudly. But Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit and help of unseen angels, exclaims His incredible words of grace. When Jesus says, “Forgive them,” He includes Judas Iscariot, Pilate, the men who nailed Jesus to the cross, us, and even the men who beat him for fun because it was God’s plan that Jesus must suffer to fulfill Old Testament prophecy. Peter extends, in the name of Jesus Christ, God’s incredible grace.

It’s a sin not to forgive yourself because Jesus died so you could live refreshed in His love. So repent if there’s something you haven’t forgiven yourself for, and give all your guilt to Jesus. In the presence of the Holy Spirit, close your eyes and feel the warmth of sitting by the ocean, hear the powerful waves, and inhale and taste the salty air. Then watch your wrongdoings disappear into the ocean, and enjoy the refreshment and love of the Holy Spirit.

Dearest Heavenly Father, I praise you for Your gift of grace. I give Jesus my sin, and you give me grace. It’s not a fair trade, but You love me. Give me the opportunity to pass Your amazing love to others and the power of the Holy Spirit to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Daily Devotional Acts 3:17-20 – How does the grace of God work? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 462

6 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 3:17-20 – How does the grace of God work? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 462

  1. I know that I am supposed to give my sin to Jesus, repent and be forgiven with God’s amazing grace. I think people struggle with forgiving themselves. I know that I have, at times, had a difficult time forgiving myself. It takes time to work through a wrong that you have done. To me, if it doesn’t take time you don’t have much of a conscience. It is also hard for me to understand that if I am praying about something that I feel needs to be forgiven, I must do it immediately, or I am sinning.

    1. God’s forgiveness is immediate. He commands us to make it right with the person we have sinned again when it is possible. If you are going to hurt the person you have sinned against or it isn’t possible to get in touch with that person, you can’t or shouldn’t apologize to them. He also wants us to not commit the same sin over and over again; to learn from our mistakes. In that respect we think about past mistakes, so we don’t repeat them. But God doesn’t want us to carry guilt because we cannot love ourselves and others when we feel badly about ourselves. Jesus died so we can experience complete joy and healing.

  2. I understand what you are saying and I believe what you are saying. I do believe God gives immediate forgiveness. I also believe past mistakes should not be repeated. I believe that God helps me with forgiveness, getting through it and loving myself.

    1. I’m glad we’re on the same page today even though I agree it’s okay for us to agree to disagree. Haha. I’m so glad that God is helping you love yourself. That is so important to being happy. God wants us to spread His love and joy, and we do that so much better when we forgive and love ourselves. Thanks for your comments, as always. I’m glad you realize how much God loves you. I’m praying today for you and your family, as always. Blessings, Jody

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