Meditation

05/20/2020

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)

When God forgives our sins, He takes them away and forgets them. He forgives when we sincerely ask Him.

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

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, often we go through life and seem somewhat at peace with ourselves, and then one day, something is said or done and it reminds us of something we said or did, that we become embarrassed about, because we never sought forgiveness from You for. It is in those times and really in all times, that we are to honestly and sincerely need to confess to You sweet Abba, whatever it is, for if we do not, it will affect our relationship with You. In those times, we seek Your forgiveness and mercy, so that our relationship will be restored and we can once again walk with You as best as we are able. You know long before we do, what it is we did or said, but we need to confess it to You through Christ Jesus, our Lord, and honor. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head!

KNOWING GOD:

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah7:18-19)

Micah’s name meant, ‘Who is Like the Lord!’ None is like the Lord in forgiving sin. He treads our sins under His feet and casts them into the depths of the ocean. These words were originally spoken of the faithful remnant of Israel just before their return from Exile, but should be seen now in the fullness of God’s revelation as applying to all of God’s people. Forgiveness includes the turning of God’s anger.

I AM:

Then he (Holy Spirit) adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.” (Hebrews10:1718)

God’s new covenant (Jeremiah 31:34) includes the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness means total forgetfulness. Forgiven sins never again become a barrier between you and God. Beloved, forgiveness is the key element of Christ’s new covenant. Because He guarantees forgiveness, no new or repeated sacrifice is needed. Keep in mind though, this affects those sins we have confessed and sought forgiveness for. Clear enough?

Second Thought of the Day:

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’” (Luke24:45-47)

Christ’s Great Commission included the preaching of forgiveness of sins to all people from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Jesus had paid the price for all of our sins, past, present, and future. He suffered, so that we would not have to.

Repentance and forgiveness are therefore connected together. God forgives only those people who come before His throne of grace and mercy and confess their sins. Then, and only then, will they find eternal life.

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