"Graciousness & Forgiveness" - Tuesday, June 21st

"Graciousness & Forgiveness" - Tuesday, June 21st

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:1-4

Today's thoughts from today's verse:

It has been said that mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what we don’t deserve. Let’s begin by looking at the end of today’s Scripture and consider, “getting what we deserve.” The Psalmist says, “You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.” If God were to speak about what we deserve and then judge us accordingly, he would be entirely justified and blameless. What is the judgment due for sin? It is eternal separation from God in the place of separation, hell. We need to embrace the reality that if all of mankind (and that really does include you and me) ended up in hell forever, God would be absolutely and entirely justified and blameless for enforcing such a judgment.

Do you believe you “deserve” eternal separation from God in hell? Until you do, you will not fully grasp or embrace the mercy of God. The Psalmist not only knew what he deserved but he knew why he deserved it, as evidenced by these words, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.” We need to get to the same spot as the Psalmist in regard to what we deserve and why. Ask God for help with this and he will make it all very clear to you on a very personal basis and then you will be able to fully grasp and embrace the mercy of God.

Now let’s move to the beginning of our passage and consider, “getting what we don’t deserve.” The Psalmist says, “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion. He appeals to the grace of God, the love of God, and the compassion of God with the hope of forgiveness. The Psalmist knows that God responds to sin with judgement because he is Holy. But he also knows that God responds to people who sin with the provision of forgiveness because of his grace, love, and compassion. Of course there is a place and only this one place where the full expression of God’s Holiness and the full expression of God’s grace, love, and compassion converge. That one place is the cross of Jesus Christ, where God’s only begotten Son was crucified.

It is on the cross that the judgement we deserved came upon Jesus Christ. With the shedding of his Son’s blood on the cross, God’s holiness was totally satisfied. It is on the cross that the forgiveness we don’t deserve was provided by Jesus Christ. With the shedding of his Son’s blood on the cross, God’s grace, love, and compassion were fully expressed and the forgiveness of sin was accomplished. Note what the Psalmist asked God to do, “blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” This is what our forgiveness is all about. It is a forgiveness we don’t deserve, but it is a forgiveness that is ours forever.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Thank you Lord for saving my soul. Thank you Lord for making me whole. Thank you Lord for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free (the words to a song). Not getting what I do deserve (judgment) and getting what I don’t deserve (forgiveness) is so amazing, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Amen!  

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