25 August: Faithfulness & Forgiveness

In a world where remaining faithful (even as a faithful customer) is a foreign concept, it’s difficult to imagine us being a forgiving culture when the two concepts go hand-in-hand…

READ MICAH 7  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


It wasn’t until Mark and I took out a mortgage on our first home, and found that the agreement was negotiable every few years, that we came across an interesting shift between his parent’s generation and ours. The idea of “forgiving” our bank for putting their interest rates up, or forgiving them for not having the best deal (which must surely have happened in the 30 years that Mark’s parents had their mortgage), just isn’t part of our equation these days. Looking after oneself now, is paramount. There’s no allegiance and certainly no faithfulness to anyone who fails to be the best – best for me; best for my family; best work conditions; better wages; better hours; best service; cheapest rates; best price.

All of the above doesn’t even begin to address the idea faithfulness and forgiveness in a covenant relationship. In dire distress, Micah writes a vision from the Creator God that speaks of forgiveness for us precisely because He stands faithful to His own epic storyline. After all that’s said and experienced in his book, Micah looks up and chooses to finish his prophetic vision on a global note. The Creator God is true to His most ancient promises, even as far back as Abraham. [v20] With faithfulness and forgiveness in our Maker’s both hands, what greater blessing is there in all the earth, except that all our iniquity be hurled into the sea! [v19]

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with your Faithful Creator God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Father God, please help me to take part every day in Your global “Mexican Wave”: “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the Name of the Lord is to be praised.” [Psalm 113:3]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: God’s GRACE on Mali[b]
  • Your Country: Social Workers and Family Crisis Charities
  • Yourself: Compassion for Others
  • Your concerns for today
I pray Lord that I won’t become weary in doing good. Thank-you for Your promises that, at the proper time, I’ll reap a harvest if I don’t give up. [Galatians 6:9]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Thank-you Lord, that if people group, against which You’ve spoken, turns from our evil ways, You’ll relent concerning the calamity You’ve planned to bring on us. [Jeremiah 18:8]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Whatever I face Lord, help me to remember Your plans: to bring us to Yourself from afar, with all we have, for the Name of the Lord my God, and for the Holy One of Israel because He has glorified You. [Isaiah 90:9b]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Prayer

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9] 

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/mali/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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