Thought for the Day – Friday 18th September

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And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Matthew 12 : 31 – 32

One thing as a Christian we give thanks for constantly is the forgiveness of sins we have been given through the death and resurrection of Jesus. There is nothing we can do against others which will not be forgiven. I sometimes wonder how much we actually fully grasp this amazing gift we have been given. We confess our sins, and give thanks for this forgiveness, but do we fully embrace it?

We have this amazing gift, but there is one important thing Jesus emphasizes here. Our sins are forgiven, but when we speak against the Holy Spirit, the work of Holy Spirit, the gift of the Holy Spirit, this will not be forgiven. If we attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to something else, this is what Jesus is speaking about here. It also means denying the Spirit, and the work of the Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit which is moving through this world, and breathing life, love, and grace into us. We have been given this Spirit through God, and our job as Christians is to give thanks for this Spirit, and to acknowledge its presence and work in this world and our lives.

Prayer: We give you thanks, Jesus, for giving us the gift of the forgiveness of our sins. Thank you for giving of yourself and your life, so that we might have life, and have it abundantly. Help us to give thanks for the many ways that the Spirit remains with us, and guides us as we live our lives today. Help us to remember the gift of this amazing forgiveness you have given us. Help us to not take it for granted, and to not take the work of the Holy Spirit for granted. Amen.

Action: Look out for the work of the Holy Spirit.