Scripture: Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21-23 NIV
Observation: Jesus sends his disciples out in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Application: I’m not sure I’ve ever really understood this before but it appears that Jesus gave us tremendous power. We, as his Spirit filled disciples, have been given the power to forgive sin. I’m not sure as I write this what that exactly means. I have a picture in my mind of a Catholic priest bestowing forgiveness upon a contrite confessor. Does this simply mean that when we are personally offended by another we may forgive the offense and the offender? Or, does it mean that if a person comes to us to confess an offense to us or another no matter the magnitude, we are to guide them in seeking to restore broken relationships with God and man? I’m really not sure what this passage means. I could use a bit of guidance here. Help!
Prayer: Father, sometimes I read your word and everything is crystal clear. Other times I struggle. Help me to know what you want me to learn as I read daily. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen