“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone their sins, they are forgiven…” Many Christian pastors preach on “keeping the main thing the main thing.” What is the main thing for Jesus as he leaves the disciples in John’s gospel? What is the meaning and the significance of Jesus giving the promised Holy Spirit? How is this connected to the forgiveness of sins and the ministry of Christ’s church/disciples? Do I keep Jesus’ main thing in my life and ministry? – Give us your heart for your world, Lord Jesus.
“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” I do not think I have ever seen this verse carved in a wood plaque or declared as someone’s favorite verse. How would the world be different if Christians and Christian leaders exercised self-control over their mouths? Have I been gossiping recently? Who have I hurt? Do I need to seek forgiveness? Forgive me Lord, for being so quick to talk about others and so slow to hear you voice through others to me.