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PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY

How we live our lives is vitally important.
There are principles that guide each one of us.
These could be positive or negative guidelines by which we live our lives.
If we will live by God’s principles, we can expect to see His favour and blessing on our lives.
If we live by what ‘seems good unto us’ it can often take us down a path we would later regret.
Have you ever considered what are the guidelines or principles by which you live your life?
Are there some that should be changed or substituted with God’s principles?
If we can discover these principles and develop them into spiritual disciplines, we will be able to make sense of life.
The earlier we discover and apply these, the better, but it is never too late to begin!
They are like spiritual disciplines that we can apply to our daily lives.
Here are some of those guidelines and principles to help you get started.

FORGIVENESS

We can live a life during which we can receive forgiveness for God.
1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’

Jesus paid for our sins in full – we can know what it means to be forgiven.

Colossians 2:14 ‘He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.’

God has removed our sin from us.

Psalm 103:12 ‘As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.’

Have you ever thought why the Bible says that God has removed our sin from us as far as the East is from the West? Why did He not say as far as the North is from the South? This is one of the greatest picture of God’s love. The North and South pole are definite points. You can actually go to those spots. By there is no East or West pole. When you get there you can still go further to the East. So in a very real sense, when God says He has removed our transgressions as far as the East is from the West it means that He has totally and forever removed it.
Forgiveness is not just something we receive; it is also something we can give!

?Mark 11:25 ‘And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.’

How often we long for mercy for ourselves and our mistakes but we demand justice when others make mistakes or do us harm.
Our lives should be guided by the principle of receiving forgiveness and extending forgiveness.
Perhaps there is an area in your life or past that you need to bring to the feet of God and ask Him to forgive you. Do it now!
Perhaps there is someone that you have not released and you still carry and IOU. It’s time to take a moment and extend forgiveness to them. Do it now!

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