No. 124
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

How about you  writing some of the devotion today? Yes, YOU!
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Well, here we go, fill in the blanks   ---   with your own words:
[delete the dots and write in your words]

One --- morning something awful happened to Dennis.
He was always so rough around the house. He was in the   ---   room when he saw his brother   ---  , sitting on a   ---   minding his own business. So Dennis jumped on him and started to wrestle. He grabbed him around the   ---  and threw him to the  ---

They made the mats all crumpled, and then they turned over a   ---   table!
There was a lovely  ---  jug on the table, and it crashed onto the   ---   and broke into a   ---   pieces! Dennis was really upset about it, and rushed to tell his --- about the jug.  His grand   ---  had given it to his   ---   and   ---   liked that jug a lot.

“I am so sorry! I didn’t mean to break anything. Will you   ---  me,  --- ? His  --- said, yes,
I forgive you, it was just a silly  ---  .  But Dennis was annoyed with himself, and could not seem to forgive himself. He tried to stick the   ---   back together, but that jug looked a  ---  ! He talked about the broken  ---  every day, until his  ---  had to take him aside to discuss the whole thing. This is what she told   ---  :

“Dennis, we have prayed to  ---  to ask Him to forgive you. I have said that I have  --- you, but you won’t let this alone! You will not forgive  --- .  Will you do that now? Thank God for His forgiveness, and tell Him you   ---   yourself. And don’t mention the  ---  again!”

How did you go with filling in the blanks?
Are there things that you have not forgiven yourself for?
If you have put things right with God and other people, then you must not let your failures in the past spoil the present. Paul was a great man of God, but he had done things which were wrong in his past life. He had to move on to be a good servant of the Lord. He could not let past sins and failures spoil his work for the Lord in the present. Paul said:

“Brethren (brothers and sisters), I count not myself to have apprehended ( made it my own yet) : but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth (forward) unto (to) those things which are before (in the future),
 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13,14).

Think about some of these questions:
1. Why do we sometimes refuse to let other people forgive us?
2. Is there someone you will not forgive?
3. Who is the One Who is able to forgive all our sins, because of Jesus?
4. Do you treat anyone badly, and you need to ask them to forgive you? Like your brother or sister, or someone at school?

“...he (God) which hath (has) begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6). This verse means that God has saved you, and He will be working in your life until Jesus Christ comes. God Himself will make you a holy and a Godly person - because you belong to Him. Trust Him. You will never be a perfect person here on earth,  and we all need to forgive ourselves when we fail God.

[I got some good ideas for this devotion from a book by Lorraine Peterson].

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