“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, o God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinner will turn back to you.” (Psalm 51:7-13 – Love for People)
Beloved, evangelists are forgiven sinners. We confess our sins before witnessing to others. Because we have been forgiven, gratitude and love fill our lives. The love of God flows through us to others. We show them they are sinners and can find the forgiveness God has given us. Evangelism is a forgiven sinner leading another sinner to God for forgiveness and salvation. In these verses we read an anxious worshiper fearing the absence of God. Trouble and distress may lead us to perceive God’s absence. This may be a revelation of God’s displeasure and punishment and should lead us to repentance. Israel regularly understood God as withdrawing and angry at His sinful people. Still, they knew they could confess their sins and call on God for restoring us into full relationship with Him again and have the peace of forgiveness within them. We also have that opportunity as well, but it begins with confession with penitent hearts.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, so often we get caught up in ourselves and forget to come before Your throne of grace, confessing our sins and seeking Your forgiveness. Our pray this day is to remember to seek You out before we even get out of bed and ask You to walk with us through the day and as things come to our minds, help us to seek Your forgiveness. Before we go to bed, let us seek You out to forgive us of any sins we may have forgotten about, before we thank You for the blessings of the day, and to refresh us during the night for another day. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“There is much in this world to make us afraid; but much more in Jesus to make us unafraid!”
“I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit—-I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race.” (Romans 9:1-3 – Love for People)
Paul was so burdened for the conversion of the Jewish people that he was willing to be separated from Christ if that would in some way effect their salvation. That is like the spirit of Moses (Exodus 32:31-35). That is love—-love so deep it brings sorrow and anguish. Such love motivates to effective evangelism. However, remember we can only bring the truth of the Word of God and the salvation He offers, but the people have to confess their sins and accept the offer of His grace. As much as we want our family members to make this decision, we cannot make it for them. They must commit themselves to Him on their own. This was the anguish that Paul felt for the Jews that would not make their commitment.
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1 – Love for People)
I have worked as a Chaplain in hospice, in maximum security prisons (including the death house) and also with law enforcement agencies. I have been the person who knocked on doors in the middle of the night to tell the family their loved ones were not coming home again, as they had died in a wreck or a variety of other violent ways. I ask if they had a pastor or minister they wanted me to call and a friend or family member that I could call to come be with them. I never wanted to leave anyone alone after delivering the news to them. Sometimes they asked me where God was when their loved one died and I told them, the same place He was when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He was there to comfort and to listen to them. I respected their faith or lack there of, but told them if they wanted to talk, I was there to listen to them. For those with faith, I left feeling sorry for their loss, for those without faith, I prayed that they would make a decision to accept God into their lives and to seek His salvation. Ultimately, they had to make the decision, I was just the messenger that night at a terrible time in their lives, but I prayed they would decide accept faith in Christ and receive eternal salvation.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2nd Corinthians 5:14 – Glory to God)
Love for the lost constrains us to share Christ with them. Christians love the lost because they are in great need; they are without God; they will spend eternity in hell. We lovingly move them to Jesus, their only hope. Jesus died for the salvation of all. Believers receive that salvation and forsake self-centered living for Christ-centered living.