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Karma, which is another way to say that we reap what we sow, is a reality. There are always consequences for our actions. But there is something that trumps karma-grace. Grace is something you don’t deserve, something you didn’t work for, something you weren’t able to plan for or to orchestrate. Jesus gives Grace, many times with no rhyme or reason to it.

Grace is one of the primary themes of Jesus as he touches the untouchable lepers and the unclean, as he opens the eyes of the blind, as he has compassion on the poor and the disenfranchised, as he receives those who are on the outside of the religious world, as he welcomes women and children- those normally pushed aside, and as he chooses the ordinary, uneducated to be the leaders of his movement. Just as grace trumps karma, so does Jesus, the deliverer of grace, trump everything!

Two of the dynamics within the experience of grace are forgiveness and freedom. It’s hard to imagine two more powerful life principles than these. And these two dynamics are in tandem with one another.

Every time I bring up the subject of forgiveness, people immediately wake up and take notes. So many are locked up in the state of unforgiveness. Either they long to be forgiven for something they have done or not done or they are imprisoned by not being willing to forgive someone who has hurt them. Either way, people are stuck in unforgiveness.

Jesus says, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

Several of the most popular radio therapists don’t even have forgiveness in their repertoire. This is why they may do a lot of good, but when it comes to really setting people free, they can only put the equivalent of bandages on compound fractures. The experience of forgiveness is something only Jesus can offer you. Don’t miss it!

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