Devotions for July 7, 2017

MATTHEW 6:12-13

12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,[a] but rescue us from the evil one.[b]

PSALM 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.[a] 5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,[b] teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit[d] from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

FORGIVE US…

The Psalmist recognizes his indebtedness to God for his sins and seeks reconciliation with Him. Praise God, that by the blood of His Son, our debt from sin has been paid in full. Now, we are free to return His mercy.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Even though Christ has paid your debt from sin, why is it important to acknowledge it before God?

Q: Are there any sins you feel you are consistently having to ask God to forgive? Trust in the completed work of Christ, and ask God to grant you His strength by the Holy Spirit to walk in new life.

Q: Why does Jesus link how we are forgiven to how we forgive others? Who do you need to forgive and extend Christ-like mercy to?

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