Can A Leopard Really Change His Spots?

For our Ladies’ Day on Saturday, our theme is “It’s Time to Do Some Spring Cleaning of the Soul!” When I came up with this theme, the topics were all something that I have struggled with at one time or another. Our ladies here at Doniphan do such an amazing job! I can’t wait to hear the lessons on Selfishness, Depression, Worldliness, Worry, and Fear.

The topic that I chose is “Holding Grudges.” By the way, in case you’re wondering- I’m “agin” it! But I’ve really enjoyed researching and meditating on this topic of forgiveness. Can anyone be forgiven of anything? If one truly repents and is baptized or if they are already a Christian, if they repent and ask for prayers, does God really forgive and forget? Can a “leopard really change his spots?” And if someone does change, who are we to hold it against them, if the Lord has already forgiven them and forgotten all about it?

The apostle Paul considered himself to be the chief of sinners, yet he was able to move past it. I’m sure he could never forget what he had done, but with the help of his dear friend, Barnabas, he was accepted by the church at Jerusalem and went on to dedicate his life to preaching and teaching God’s Word. Do you think there were some members that couldn’t move past Paul’s past? What was their spiritual condition?

If you’re anywhere near Southeast Missouri this Saturday, you’re invited to our Ladies Day! Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 am. A yummy lunch will also be provided. You will be so glad you came! Can’t wait to see you there! God Bless, Courtney

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