Today’s Scripture

Luke 5:20-26 King James Version (KJV)

20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Luke 5:20-26 Common English Bible (CEB)

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The legal experts and Pharisees began to mutter among themselves, “Who is this who insults God? Only God can forgive sins!”

22 Jesus recognized what they were discussing and responded, “Why do you fill your minds with these questions? 23 Which is easier—to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But so that you will know that the Human One[a] has authority on the earth to forgive sins” —Jesus now spoke to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, get up, take your cot, and go home.” 25 Right away, the man stood before them, picked up his cot, and went home, praising God.

26 All the people were beside themselves with wonder. Filled with awe, they glorified God, saying, “We’ve seen unimaginable things today.”

  2 comments for “Today’s Scripture

  1. Mark Johnson
    February 17, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Forgiveness and friendship are very closely related. To receive forgiveness, we must be able to forgive ourselves and others. To have friends, we must be able to forgive ourselves for sometimes thinking less of them and must also forgive them for doing things a bit differently than we might choose to do them. I often wonder how people even have true friends in a world as divided as is ours.

    I often mingle with friends who are very different than am I. Sometimes I find my self shaking my head at the things I see and hear, but then I remember that none of us is perfect. We all sin. We must all make allowances for ourselves and those around us. If we can do those things, we may be able to accept God’s continuous forgiveness and live constantly in His grace.


  2. February 17, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I am reminded everyday how different we all are. I often debate my more liberal friends on facebook. I’m often struck by how cemented their opinions are on so many social issues. Often with little to no research to confirm their opinions. It drives me crazy. I have to remind myself that my job in life isn’t to change people, just to inform them factually.

    But you are dead on in that we must forgive to be forgiven.

    Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you


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