“Forgiveness is the fruit of your Savior’s love for you— believe it, receive it, be freed by it!”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 4, 2022
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:11-12, NLT
God’s love is greater than your sin—to deny this is a sin. Your past shame and current guilt are prime candidates for your confession and repentance to unleash the Lord’s generous forgiveness and unfailing love. Spurn false humility, of course you don’t deserve it, that’s why it’s grace—a gift true humility invites in and trusts is real. God forgives you, period. Receive it and thank Him. You are worthy, because worthy is the lamb, Jesus Christ, who gladly lives within you. You matter, because in your mother’s womb you were uniquely and marvelously made by your Creator. You are special, because Jesus knows your name and knows the unique you—your needs, wants and desires. God forgives you, for you to forgive yourself and rest in His love!
The Psalmist describes the infinity of the Lord’s forgiveness as far as the east is from the west. A mind-bending geographic phenomenon of how only Almighty God can promise a divine removal of sin, now and forevermore. With unrivaled eloquence Spurgeon celebrates God’s forgiveness: “All our transgressions are swept away at once, carried off as by a flood, and so completely removed from us that no guilty trace of them remains. They are all gone! O ye believers, think of this, for the all is no little thing: sins against a holy God, sins against his loving Son, sins against gospel as well as against law, sins against man as well as against God, sins of the body as well as sins of the mind, sins as numerous as the sands on the sea shore, and as great as the sea itself: all, all are removed from us as far as the east is from the west. All this evil was rolled into one great mass, and laid upon Jesus, and having borne it all he has made an end of it forever.”
“God forgave you because of Christ’s death on the cross” (Ephesians 4:32, NLV).
Through trust in Christ’s death on the cross for your sins—you have been forgiven. Trust in His magnitude of love that covers all manner of sins—intentional and unintentional. How do you position yourself to experience God’s thorough and meaningful forgiveness? You recognize your greatest need can only be met by the Lord’s greatest command: love and be loved. As you love your heavenly Father and are thoroughly loved by Him the result is to celebrate and embrace His generous forgiveness. Can you trust God’s love is enough? Love invites trust and repentance.
Sometimes I experience a crazy cycle of loneliness in a battle with discontentment, even resentment. Like an airplane navigating through a storm with an inoperable instrumental panel, I seem to be flying blind—living my life insecure, not knowing where the Lord is leading. It’s here in my total desperation for Him that it is essential I employ silence and solitude to slow down, and pause the chaos in my life. Then I can hear God’s gentle voice say, “I love you my son, Boyd I am with you, trust my love, I forgive you, we will get through this together.” Give yourself permission to pause and pray. Still your body and mind, so the Spirit’s love can still your soul. Forgiveness is the fruit of your Savior’s love for you— believe it, receive it, be freed by it!
“But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them” (Nehemiah 9:17).
Heavenly Father, grow my faith to trust in your love and forgiveness for me, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
What sin am I striving to overcome in my own strength that I need to surrender to the Lord and rest in His love and forgiveness?
Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Colossians 3:12-13; 1 Peter 3:8
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