Verse of The Day – Matthew 6:9-15

New International Version

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
  your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us today our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

New Revised Standard Version

“Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
     Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
     And forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And do not bring us to the time of trial,
        but rescue us from the evil one.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;

but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

King James Version

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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Verse of The Day – Matthew 26:26-29

New International Version

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

New Revised Standard Version

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;

for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

King James Version

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Verse of The Day – 2 Chronicles 6:36-39

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

New International Version

“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near;

and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’;

and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name;

then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.

New Revised Standard Version

“If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near;

then if they come to their senses in the land to which they have been taken captive, and repent, and plead with you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, and have done wrong; we have acted wickedly’;

if they repent with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity, to which they were taken captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their ancestors, the city that you have chosen, and the house that I have built for your name,

then hear from heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their pleas, maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you.

King James Version

If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;

Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name:

Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.

Verse of The Day – Jonah 3:10 (God is our very forgiving Parent)

New International Version

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

New Revised Standard Version

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

King James Version

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Our Lord is a God of Forgiveness

According to the Bible, Nineveh was a city so sinful, that God intended to destroy the entire city and everything within it. Had He been a God with no compassion, He would’ve just reduced it to ashes, but He wanted the people to change. He wanted His children back. This was why He chose Jonah.

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Sure, Jonah was selfish. He didn’t wish redemption for the Ninevites – he didn’t want to share his God with people outside his creed. Perhaps, this was why the Lord chose him to go and tell the people of Nineveh that they were doomed. He didn’t ask them to repent – he merely informed them that all of Nineveh would be destroyed in the next 40 days.

But this was enough to open the eyes of all the people of Nineveh – from the king to the beggars. Everyone immediately began a fast even before the king passed out a decree for a fasting of all in his kingdom. They mourned for their sins, and repented with their whole hearts. The Lord knew that this change was real, and he immediately forgave them.

Our God just keeps waiting to forgive us. He wants us to be forgiven, and He wants us to go to Him. Perhaps had Jonah been obedient from day one, and he had gone and advised people to change, they may not have changed. But God knew whom to send, and in sending Jonah – a reluctant missionary/prophet, He ensured that He got back His children from Nineveh.

This Lent, pour out all your sins at the feet of the Lord, and ask His forgiveness. Fasting and giving up something we love doing for Lent has no meaning, unless we are ready to give up on our sins. He is waiting to forgive you and bring you back to His loving arms.

Verse of The Day – John 1:29

New International Version

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

New Revised Standard Version

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

King James Version

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Verse of The Day – Mark 1:4

New International Version

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

New Revised Standard Version

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

King James Version

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.