Time for Grace-February 23, 2024

Time for Grace-February 23, 2024

Psalm 32:1-2 

How blessed is the person whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is covered. How blessed is the person whose guilt the Lord does not charge against him, in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Dear Heavenly Father,

It does not matter how good we might think we are; we all still sin. Jesus told us that we sin even with our thoughts before we act or speak what’s on our minds. Whenever we are loveless towards others, we miss the mark of perfect love You set for us to do. Perfection is Your criteria for how we should behave. What makes it worse is each sin, no matter how trivial it might seem to us, means we should be condemned and sentenced to hell for eternity. Every sin is grievous and severe and should be taken seriously.

David wrote in this Psalm, “How blessed is the person whose guilt the Lord does not charge against him.” Your Son came to remove that condemnation each of us faces due to our sins, not just one or two sins but every sin we have done he took into himself on the cross. Jesus suffered the punishment in our place. Since you are a just God, you do not punish those sins again.

Forgiveness comes to us by believing in Jesus, knowing and trusting that He paid our redeeming price and covered all our sins. You no longer charge those sins against us because you already laid them on him. Those who reject Jesus and his work will, on their last day, stand before You still condemned in their sins.

So, we ask that Your Spirit will lead us to share the good news of forgiveness and salvation with those who do not know you. Please give us the words to say that would spark faith in them so they, too, will believe, be saved, and have eternal life through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

God forgives according to His love for You; our sins made us unworthy, but Jesus’ holy life and innocent death have covered all your sins. Faith in him delivers his gift of salvation and eternal life to you.