Kingdom People – Welcome Forgiveness - Wednesday, September 26th
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Just as people who walk in the kingdom move away from inflicting pain on others (throwing stones), they stop inflicting pain on themselves as well. They are not offended at their own sin, they are just plain sorry for it. They do not get upset that they need forgiveness, they gratefully receive it. They do not hold grudges against themselves for they know they have no personal goodness apart from Christ’s indwelling and the righteousness He brings to their lives. What a blessing it is to be transparent and current with God. When God is allowed consistently to wash through the hearts and lives of His people they are able to go about living life feeling fresh and clean with a wonderful sense of spiritual vitality. These are gifts that come to those who embrace surrender and dependence on the God who dwells in the hearts and lives of his people.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I confess that I desire to achieve righteous on my own and to get personal credit for it. I admit that when I sin, I am more concerned about me and having messed up my good track record than I am about you and my not having allowed you to produce the righteousness needed instead of sinning. Teach me all about godly sorrow, simple forgiveness, and absolute surrender and dependence on you and your pure and amazing grace. Amen!
Posted on Wed, September 26, 2018
by Ken Hart