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Psalms 29:1-2

1 Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the LORD glory and strength.
2 Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

As Christians we feel like we have to give something back to the Lord.
So what do we do? We give Him money; we call it tithe. But the way most people give it you would think it was a down payment on their salvation.

When the rulers came to Jesus and asked about paying taxes Jesus response was.

  • Matt 22:21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

  • Now I am not opposed to giving to God and giving of your first fruits, which would be in our case our paychecks, which just happens to be money.
    And we should do this out of thankfulness to God for His provisions to us.

    But God is more interested in a different offering.

  • Psalms 51:16-17 (NLT) 16 You would not be pleased with sacrifices, or I would bring them. If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it.17 The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise.

  • As you have heard about the Easter story it should be a reminder that God desires a repentant heart and a broken spirit.
    And to have that is to be truly sorry for what sins you have committed, and not only sorry but also you hate the sins that you still struggle with.
    We will never be perfect, but that is no excuse for accepting sin in your life.
    No matter how many times in a day you struggle with something, you should seek God's forgiveness that many times.

  • Matt 18:21-22 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

  • If we being sinful people are expected to forgive someone 140 times each day, then how much more will a perfect and loving God forgive you?
    You couldn't count that high in one day, or a lifetime!

    The Lord has given to you forgiveness; now go do the same or others.

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