Wednesday 10th December – Wednesday of the 2nd week of Advent
Reflection: Psalm 103: 1-4, 8-10
WHEN THE LORD HAS FORGIVEN YOUR GUILT
Undoubtedly, the Christian race is full of ups and downs. As it is with our relationship with our fellow men, so it is with our relationship with our creator. There are times we get it right and there are times we utterly falter. However, far above our human preparedness to forgive offences, our Lord’s compassion and mercy clearly supersedes. Hence the Psalmist says: “The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. He does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults. It is he who forgives all our guilt, who heals every one of our ills.” (Psalm 103: 3, 8, 10).
Beloved in Christ, have you faltered in your relationship with God? Does it appear you have “disappointed” God in a way, and this weight of guilt is daily pressing down on you? Perhaps you have even confessed the sin over and over but find it difficult to forgive yourself. Please be on the watch! This might be the devil’s antique to totally destroy your relationship with God.
Having repented, confessed and forsaken our sins, we have the assurance of God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Let us learn to forgive ourselves, and be liberated from the imprisonment of ungodly sorrow. In the same vein, we must guard against the mistake by Judas of refusing to seek God’s mercy out of the deception that the magnitude of his sin is beyond the redemptive love of God. Remember, Christ paid the full cost of our sins on the cross of Calvary! When the Lord has forgiven your sin, why not forgive thyself?
PRAYER: I thank you Lord for the unimaginable debt of your love and mercy; please help me to work with you in this understanding that I may better grow in my love and dedication to you. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 101 – Why did Jesus have to redeem us on the Cross, of all places?
The Cross on which Jesus, although innocent, was cruelly executed is the place of utmost degradation and abandonment. Christ, our Redeemer, chose the Cross so as to bear the guilt of the world and to suffer the pain of the world. So he brought the world back home to God by his perfect love
HIDE A TREASURE: “If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that He knows everything” 1 John 3: 20 GNB
Readings for Today: Isaiah 40: 25-31; Psalm 103: 1-4, 8-10; Matthew 11: 28-30