And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool! (Psalm 39:7-8)
As I read (Psalm 39) this morning, I recalled a recent conversation with a coworker during lunch. In that conversation, we talked about sin in our lives. The coworker mentioned they were having difficulty forgiving themselves for sins they had committed. I said to my coworker that forgiveness of sin is three dimensional: downward to us from God (trusting that God’s forgiveness is real), inward to ourselves (we must believe in ourselves that we are forgiven), and then outward to others (we must be able to forgive others), they are interconnected. I gave my coworker an example of what we are saying to God when He forgives us, but we cannot seem to forgive ourselves, “God, You can forgive me, but I am a little too righteous to do the same.”
Friends, as we cry out to God, He will forgive us based on the cross. We, however, need to be humble enough to forgive ourselves too. Would you Pray with me?
Lord, allow me the faith which is the means of salvation and the principle and medium of all godliness; may I be saved by grace through faith, live by faith, feel the joy of faith, and do the work of faith. May I perceive nothing in myself? May I find in Your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption? In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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