Read John 20:19-23
19 It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 20After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” 22Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
This Sunday is Pentecost - The Holy Spirit gives so many gifts - in John 20:22 the Spirit gives the apostles the authority to 'forgive sins'. One of the hardest jobs Jesus invites us to do is forgive others. The greatest help he gives us for the task - the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit empower me to forgive as I have been forgiven.
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