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Forgiveness: The Foundation for Fellowship

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“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32

The bottom-line for top-notch Christian behavior is to allow the Spirit of God to transform the carnal man into a spiritually minded being. We cannot by our own reason or strength display genuine love to others except if we are born again of the Spirit of God.

It is by Jesus’ love that we can walk in love. It is His fruit that is displayed in the life that is joined to The Vine (John 15:1-8). Forgiveness becomes a way of life for the one who is forgiven and made clean in the blood of the Lamb of God.

“The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:47-49

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57

By Cindy Stelter-Tesar

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