“You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors. But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.” (Psalm 4:6-7 – God Tells Us He Is Author of Grace)
The Revealer of forgiveness responds to one who prays even when the person is surrounded with doubt. God offers grace to the penitent heart and transforms the restless night of remorse into a peaceful slumber of gratitude and grace. The hour of sleep and meditation is very frequently the hour of revelation, when God can best be heard by the anxious petitioner. The light of God’s face is the revealing of His forgiving nature.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, we know that You are the author of grace and the best one to reveal to us Your true nature for us to see and witness the love and compassion that You feel towards us, your Creation. Come to us and tell us what we need to do and where to begin. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those 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, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“A relationship is give and take, and though God may only give you shouldn’t only take.”
“Come let usu return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” (Hosea 6:1-2– God Tells Us He Is Author of Grace)
The call to restore the relationship to God acknowledges the discipline of God and His healing intentions. Rescue on the third day to the Hebrew was a complete number of days and in the New Testament because the waiting period for the resurrection. Revelation leads to knowledge of God’s forgiving grace and sure salvation. God is ready to restore His people whenever they return to Him, provided they sincerely repent. The prophet used the language of resurrection to describe the people’s hope and dependence upon God’s grace.
“But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, holy life—-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us time in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2nd Timothy 1:9-10 – God Tells Us He Is Author of Grace)
Grace is central to our idea of God, and to our idea of the gospel and Christianity. The grace of God. God’s redemptive blessing through Jesus for those who do not deserve it, originated in eternity, before the beginning of time. This means grace is an essential, vital part of God’s nature. Grace is not a back up plan God instituted when all else failed. God fully revealed His plan of grace through Jesus, who came to earth as the incarnate Son to die for our sins. Grace is God’s planning and acting. Humans can never earn or claim any right to it. It is a free gift from God to free us from Satan’s lies.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they wee thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….’ He said to the paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’” (Mark 2:8-11– God Tells Us He Is Author of Grace)
Before Jesus healed the paralytic man and forgave him his sins, he heard several teachers of the law’s and in their thoughts were questioning why Jesus was talking in the manner he was talking, and that he was blaspheming, for only God can forgive sins but God alone?
The power to forgive sins and perform miraculous healing revealed Jesus was God in person, for only He could forgive sin. I wonder what their thoughts were when faced with this truth, that God was sitting in the midst of them and no one noticed!