September 19, 2017 – Wednesday
Psalm 130:3 [KJV] If You, Lord, kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?
1 John 1:9 [KJV] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I did it again. I messed up. I gave into my flesh. I did what I knew was not Christ-like. I SINNED. There I said it. I admit it. I don’t know why I have trouble admitting it. I know, as a Christian, I am supposed to be the example. So because I think I need to be perfect, I’ll go beat myself up until I feel I have punished myself enough to feel like maybe Christ will now forgive me. Yet, Christ has never told me to go beat myself up in the process of forgiveness. He said I just need to confess it, and He will be faithful to forgive and remember no more.
So, why do I take something so easy and complicate it to where the result is that I go beat myself up? Maybe it’s because I don’t comprehend the depth of His love and forgiveness. I am thankful that He doesn’t keep a record of my sins; that he does forgive; and that I really do not have to go beat myself up. I just need to run to Him for forgiveness, receive His mercy and then, through the power of the Holy Spirit, set my sights again on pleasing Him.
What happened in your job, so far this week, that makes you say “I need to go beat myself up?” Maybe you got mad at a coworker and said the wrong thing. Maybe you were short with a citizen you serve. Maybe you slacked off on your responsibilities. If you’re like me, you could make a list of things that you messed up as you aim at perfection.
However, there is only one person who achieved perfection. Thankfully, because He did achieve perfection, He relieved you of having to achieve perfection. So you don’t need to murmur “I need to go beat myself up.” You just need to go to Him for forgiveness, and then receive His wisdom and strength to do better in the future.
Something to think about as you go to work this morning.
Father, I am so thankful You do not remember my sins, but You provide mercy and strength for me to overcome them. So this workday, Father, forgive me for my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me, and lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and glory forever. Amen.
Pastor Bill Dudley
U.S. Department of Defense
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA