The changing nature of man
Its unbelievable how fast people can change. People have the capability and capacity to change. Man is man. It is hard to know what is inside of a person. When we think we know all about a person, only to find out the person is not what we thought he or she was. Man is a strange being. He is good on one hand and on his other side, he can be deceiving. The people who shouted Hosanna in the highest in welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem, days later were shouting crucify him. "You dare not trust your own, the arm of flesh will fail you."
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 9 The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
The peace that comes from forgiveness
When we forgive, we give the other person freedom, just as God gives us freedom from shame and the guilt of our own sins. Some people want God to forgive them but are not willing to forgive those who may have wronged them. Forgiveness is a two way street. When we do not practice forgiveness in our lives, we will not live in peace with God, ourselves and those who have wronged us. Forgive to be forgiven.
4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us
God is our strong provider and we can be assured that He is in control of every aspect of our lives. Our problems may seem overwhelming, but God's power is stronger than any obstacle we may face. God is in control. We should not live our lives in fear of the unknown but by faith that our God is able to do even above what we expect.
26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.