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By Rev. Harrison Okoli

The Pharisees who are satisfied with mere external observance of the law are coming into the picture again. Jesus warns us that unless our righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees we are not going to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us about anger, forgiveness and reconciliation with everyone around us; which the Pharisees fall short of, because they worship God with their lips alone while their hearts are far away from God. For he says if you forgive one another your Heavenly Father will forgive you but if you refuse to forgive your brother your Heavenly Father will not forgive you either. How many people have you forgiven today or how many people are you going to forgive today?

Prayer: God, you are a forgiving Father, help us imbibe this nature of yours by forgiving others who have offended us no matter how grave or senseless the offence. Amen.

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