March 12 Devotional Thoughts
Almost the end of another week…where does the time go? It’s strange when some days seem to drag by, yet other days–with the same 24 hours–seem to fly by!
Here are some devotional thoughts for today; and remember, if you’re interested in Daily Scripture Readings from Psalms and Proverbs, I post those everyday on the linked page.
“Lord, how I rejoice that through Christ I am all right as a person, now and forever: totally clean, every stain removed..totally forgiven, no matter how great or recent a failure I’ve had to confess, or how often I have failed. What amazing grace! What undeserved acceptance and favor!
How wonderful that You ask me to do absolutely nothing to earn Your forgiveness–no striving to measure up, no self-punishment, no prolonged remorse, no self-blame, no deeds of penance…
I don’t have to sink down into regrets, or into shame, or into denial, or into excuses for things I do wrong.
I’m so thankful that You don’t hold a pair of scales and ask me to pile up enough good works to outweigh my sins, my failures, my unworthiness….it’s all by grace through faith.
What an incentive to live a life that pleases You, that brings You joy and not grief!”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” –Psalm 103:10-13
“Next time you find yourself screaming, ranting, raving, and carrying on at your children (or anybody else), excuse yourself and say, ‘I’m going to my room.’
Take time to ask God what He thinks of everything that is going on. You will quickly get your day started over right.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- What a concept to receive unconditional, undeserved love and forgiveness! I think we can be our own worst enemies and we often have impossible expectations for ourselves; then when we fail, we usually do feel like we have to do those “deeds of penance” and feel ashamed and remorseful. Yet all we have to do is receive God’s forgiveness, by grace through faith! Why is it so hard sometimes?
-2- Well, even though I don’t tend to scream or rant and rave…there are times when I feel upset or discouraged, and I find I just need to withdraw (and I don’t even have children at home any more) to regain my composure or return to a place of calmness and serenity. It’s nice to know we can “begin again” at any time of day or night!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you find it easy or difficult to receive unconditional, undeserved forgiveness when you know you’ve been wrong? Do you feel like you have to “earn” the forgiveness?
Do you sometimes seek out a quiet place or send yourself to your room, when you need to calm down?