Forgiven (Friday 21 April)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Jesus told us that God is light and doesn’t have any darkness in him. Now we are telling you.

If we say that we share in life with God and keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the truth. But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away. If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn’t in our hearts. But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and his message isn’t in our hearts.

(1 John 1:5-10)

Reflect:

The most important reason for confessing our sin is that through doing so we open the door to forgiveness. God can be trusted to ‘take our sins away’ (1:9)- as far as the east is from the west (psalm 103:12). We can’t be forgiven if we don’t acknowledge our need for forgiveness; simple as that. But if we do, we have righteousness before God through Jesus: ‘all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.’ (Romans 3:24)

Respond:

Thank God for his precious gift of forgiveness.

Midday Meditation:

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves

Their own soul could heal?

Our shame was deeper than the sea

Your grace is deeper still

You, oh Lord, have made a way

The great divide You heal

For when our hearts were far way

Your love went further still.

(Matt Redman)

 

Evening Reflection:

'When grace introduces us to repentance, the two of us become best friends. When anything else introduces us to repentance, it feels like the warden has come to lock us up. But when grace gets involved, the truths of repentance reveal a fabulous world of life-freeing beauty.'

(Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol & John Lynch)

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