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Forgiveness is powerful. The person who forgives extends mercy and peace, while the person being forgiven receives absolution and another chance. When it comes to our relationship with God, we can know that He forgives us when we repent with a contrite heart. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV) Yet, so often, we limit the empowerment that comes from God’s forgiveness. We heap our past mistakes on our shoulders, allowing ourselves to be weighed down with guilt, shame and frustration.…

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 1:23 I was meditating on this verse a few days ago during my morning devotions and decided to break it down word for word.  I came up with the following: The — definite article LORD — The supreme ruler of the universe, the Mighty God, creator of all things Is – not can be or could be; not has been or will be – but is now in this very moment My – personal; not just a universal presence, but mine alone Shepherd – my leader, my guide,…

He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3, Holy Bible, New Living Translation I watched a shepherd relocate his large flock from a depleted pasture to a more nourishing grazing area. The sheep were not distracted by the line of impatient drivers as they crossed the paved road toward greener pastures. They recognized him as their master and followed through unfamiliar territory without fear. The Lord cares for us as a tender shepherd. When we recognize His sovereignty―that He is the God who created us―then we, like those sheep, will…