Judith Ward

Watchman for The Lord

Today I present you with the following question:

Is forgiveness the key to unlocking faith?

Have you ever had a foe in your life? A former spouse, a child who isn’t serving the Lord, or a jealous hateful sibling, a hateful neighbor, or quite possibly all of the above mentioned. If so have you forgiven these foes, truly forgiven them I mean? Many times we say the words “I forgive” but in actuality our hearts deceive us.

Many of us tell ourselves we’ve forgiven but somewhere in the dark recesses of the corners of the rooms of our hearts there may still linger some small fox of bitterness. The Bible teaches us it is the the little foxes that spoil the vine. In the Song of Solomon it says in chapter 2 verse 15: Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines [have] tender grapes.

I challenge you to keep the above in mind when reading the following chapter. Personally, I believe that forgiveness is the key to unlocking the faith that moves mountains.

In John 15:1-27

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth
fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the
vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth
forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather
them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you.

8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s
commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might
be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I
have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto
you.

16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring
forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in
my name, he may give it you.

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they
have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep
yours also.

21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that
sent me.

22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for
their sin.

23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but
now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They
hated me without a cause.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit
of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

Just a few things things to contemplate while you go throughout your day today. God bless…

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