I have been meditating on the mercy and grace of the Lord a lot lately and one scripture keeps coming to my mind over and over so I thought I would share it today along with some other scriptures. All the scripture I reference is from the KJV Bible. The verse that the Lord keeps bringing to my mind is Psalm 103:12 "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." Just think about that..as far east as you can possibly go and as far west as you can possibly go, which in my mind would be a continuous circle, that is how far our sins are from us once we ask forgiveness for those sins. Wow! The next verse goes on to say "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." Psalm 103:13 Just like you and I have compassion for our children the Lord has so much more compassion on those that fear him. In Isaiah 38:17 it tells us that God has cast all my sins behind his back and in Isaiah 43:25 it says "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." How wonderful these verses are telling us that once we ask forgiveness of our sins and truly repent of them that the Lord will turn his back on that sin and blot it out. He will not remember them! Have we said we have forgiven someone for something they said or did to hurt us but keep bringing it up or "hanging" it over their head? In order to truly forgive someone we must turn out back to the act or words that may have hurt us. Forgiveness can be tough especially when the devil keeps bringing it up in your mind. But we must keep our focus on God and on the mercy and grace that he bestows on filthy sinners like us, and remember that we are required to forgive others. In Luke 17:3-4 it states "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying I repent; thou shalt forgive him." Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive..there is no better day than today~
Dear Father thank you for your love and mercy to us. Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Help us to always remember that you first loved and forgave us and we must do the same for others. Help us to yearn for a deeper love for you Father and to live our lives in a way that bring you all the honor and glory. Help us to focus on others instead of ourselves and help us to truly forgive one another. Help us to become more Christlike. We love you and praise you for everything. In Jesus name..Amen
Till Next Time~God Bless!