Years ago, I attended a science presentation. The presenter divided the audience into two groups. One half were told to close their eyes and the presenter showed a picture that we were to commit to memory. Then, the first group closed their eyes and the 2nd opened theirs and he again showed the picture but from a different angle. The difference in the angle changed how the picture looked. In the same way, when we look at sin and forgiveness. Through sin’s eyes all we can see is “this is how I am and I always will be. I need ___ because it helps me.” Through forgiveness’ eyes, we see that __ is not our help it hinders us and therefore has to go.” Our flesh is not changed through forgiveness, we will still bear the wounds of our past but they remind us of how far we have come and the power of the cross over our life.
Readings: John 3:1-8, Galatians 2:20, Psalm 51
Famous Quote: “When I was young I thought it was hard that I had lost my father, but now I believe I would not be where I am if I had not been thrown on to myself early in life…” (D.L. Moody).
I wish it were possible to heal our wounds and make our lives as though we never sinned but then, as the Psalmist put it, “My people will forget”. When people review my life, I want it to be a journey from sin to the kingdom. Please help me today to live for you and see the work you are doing in my life. I pray for healing over my nation from shore to shore, from the north to the south, and from the east to the west. I pray for our EMTs, Police, Military, and Medical communities that you would watch over them and keep them. With the world up in arms, now is the time for the captives to be set free.
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