“When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” Psalm 65:3.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ruth 3-4, Psalm 64-65, and 2 Corinthians 6.
There is plenty here for me today.
How often do we float along thinking that God must be pleased with us? We do the “right” things. We don’t cause anyone any significant trouble.
What a limited view we have of the real us! God knows even our thoughts. He knows our conceited attitudes. Recall how Jesus constantly went after the Pharisees. These folks considered themselves right but Jesus really knew them and didn’t like what He knew. They were not appalled sinners. They were arrogant sinners.
I learned something yesterday that cast me in a bad light. I had apparently messed something up and was being cast in an unsavory light.
I wrestled with why this situation was so troubling and realized that I continue to imagine that because of my Godliness (?) I seldom get things wrong. In fact, I often envision myself being Godly (?) gentle with others who have fallen. What a fool!
I am a sinner and always will be. God’s grace is all that keeps me from sinning. I can’t acquire never-fail immunity to sinning. My only hope is to cling to Him and ask that His grace thrive in me as I fully trust Him.
When I accurately realize that I am a sinner, I can be comforted by the second part of today’s verse: “you forgave our transgressions.” How does this happen? I must recognize my sinfulness and rejoice that Jesus died for my sins. He took care of them.
Will you identify yourself as a sinner? Realize your need for something to be done with your sins. Thank God that He took care of your sins (Good Friday) and gave you a new life unburdened by sins (Easter). After that? Live accordingly.
“Lord, I love You. Forgive me for my arrogance. For my Pharisee-like attitude. I am a sinner. I need Your grace every second. I will never function in Your Way apart from total dependence on You. Take me and lead me today, I beg, O Lord.”
Do you act like a Pharisee? Jesus didn’t have much use for those folks!