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Original post @ https://odb.org/US/2023/02/08/gods-arms-are-ope
God’s Arms Are Open
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.
1 John 1:9
Today’s Scripture & Insight:
1 John 1:5–10
I frowned at my cell phone and sighed. Worry wrinkled my brow. A friend and I had had a serious disagreement over an issue with our children, and I knew I needed to call her and apologize. I didn’t want to do it because our viewpoints were still in conflict, yet I knew I hadn’t been kind or humble the last time we discussed the matter.
Anticipating the phone call, I wondered, What if she doesn’t forgive me? What if she doesn’t want to continue our friendship? Just then, lyrics to a song came to mind and took me back to the moment when I confessed my sin in the situation to God. I felt relief because I knew God had forgiven me and released me from guilt.
We can’t control how people respond to us when trying to work out relational problems. As long as we own up to our part, humbly ask for forgiveness, and make any changes needed, we can let God handle the healing. Even if we have to endure the pain of unresolved “people problems,” peace with Him is always possible. God’s arms are open, and He is waiting to show us the grace and mercy we need. “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Reflect & Pray
How does forgiveness create peace? What steps will you take in God’s power toward reconciliation with someone this week?
Dear God, remind me of Your unending grace. Help me to be more humble and to commit all my relationships to You.
For further study, read What Do You Do with a Broken Relationship?.
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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