Meditation

Meditation for 06/25/2019

“Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.” (Psalm25:7, 11, 18)

Beloved when God forgives our sins, He takes them away and forgets them. He forgives when we sincerely ask Him. As his faithful people we confess that everything He does is loving even when we are in trouble and plead for His help.

Often, physical and emotional stress lead us to confession and repentance seeking forgiveness. No matter how great or how longstanding our sin, He will forgive it.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, there are times when we all come before You seeking forgiveness of our sins, and we feel embarrassed because we have been before You before. You know how hard some things are for us to stop committing over; yet, You recognize that we truly and sincerely are penitent and are intending to stop and You respond to the truth of our hearts and minds at the moment. Abba, walk with us and help us to eliminate those things that we must stop committing sins about, and help us to break the chains of that which draws us back. Let us feel the freedom of letting go and allowing You to take control over our lives, not by simply discipline, but that You will love us enough that we refuse to sin no more. It is in Jesus’ name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Without the hard times, the good times would not be good!

KNOWING GOD:

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Ye t he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.’ Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. ‘O Lord, if I have found favor in your eyes,’ he said, ‘then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness, and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.’” (Exodus 34:6-9)

In reverent preparation for the second receiving of the Ten Commandments, Moses humbly represented the people, confessing he congregation’s sins and seeking forgiveness so the Lord’s presence would be with them. God is in the sin forgiving business. Although He punishes sin, He loves sinners. In God’s new covenant each person is punished for his or her own sins. It was true then and is still true today. Each of us must be held accountable for our own actions. The blessing comes when we take responsibility for our sins with sincere and humble hearts and minds, seeking God’s forgiveness and with the intent not to repeat those sins again. Clear enough?

I AM:

Salvation, Forgiveness: (Isaiah 44:22))

Forgiveness of sin is so certain a reality that it is here represented as prior to repentance. The experience of salvation is that God has been seeking after us long before we ever sought Him. Our sins hang over us like a cloud or a morning mist, but God, like the rising sun, quickly and quietly sweeps them away. God has already accomplished the work of redemption. He calls all people to appropriate that redemption for their own lives.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if yo do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:12, 14-15)

Forgiveness comes to the forgiving spirit. Christ taught His disciples to ask the Father to forgive their debts as they forgave their debtors. Those who have become children of God through the new birth have special obligations to members of God’s family and to other human beings.

Believers are to forgive others as God in Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3;13). Refusal to forgive makes a person unable to receive God’s forgiveness. Sin ruins human fellowship. Fellowship on the human level is restored through forgiveness. Refusal to forgive and be reconciled to other humans is sin which bars us from God’s forgiveness. I pray this is clear for all.

2 thoughts on “Meditation

  1. Hell, I wish I could remember the sins of my youth! Jerry, hope all is well with you and Pat. Keep the thoughts a comin’.

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