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As we embark on a New Year, we, like Israel, have to rediscover the power of the Word of God in the midst of transition.
Zechariah was struck dumb because of his lack of faith, but when his son John was born, his speech returned. In joyous celebration he gave God praise for Jesus and the redemption He would bring.
What is worship? In brief, it is giving God our honor and adoration; it is a living for the supreme worth of the Almighty.
We wrongly believe that worship is a matter of a specific place, a specific time, specific words and form. But our whole lives should be an act of worship.
How can we clear our conscience with those whom we have wronged? Our aim (1) should always be reconciliation and restitution (2) and we are assured that Jesus is present to assist us, and (3) a side benefit is the ultimate crushing of our pride and receiving grace.
From Hebrews 12: 12-17, we learn that (1) bitterness has roots and (2) bitterness spreads. The bottom line: what you don’t forgive, you pass on, and your own conscience is defiled. From Ephesians 4: 29-32 ,we are told all these things must be “put away.”