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VerseD: Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
Psalm 51:1‭-‬2, ESV

Mercy: Not getting what we deserve.

Grace: Getting what we do not deserve.

We did not deserve forgiveness, but praise God He sacrificed His Son to give us just that!

VerseD: Isaiah 48:17

The holy God of Israel, the Lord who saves you, says: “I am the Lord your God, the one who wants to teach you for your own good and direct you in the way you should go.
Isaiah 48:17, GNT

We humans are very fickle, wanting to be right and assuming we know better than everyone else.

Stop.

God is God, and we need to let Him teach us “for [our] own good”.

Let God guide.

VerseD: John 3:18

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
John 3:18 ESV

Our world feels it is unloving and judgmental to say we are condemned in sin and that only Christ can save us.

However, it is the truth revealed by God. It is not judgmental to say. In fact, it is one of the most loving things we can do.

VerseD: Psalm 34:18

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18, ESV

The simplest meaning of this is that the realization of our sin and complete inability to remove that sin should break our hearts and crush our spirits.

Until we realize that is why Jesus came. When we understand and believe this fully, we are saved from our sins and God’s wrath.

VerseD: Hebrews 12:11

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11 ESV

“Discipline” has gained a negative reputation in recent decades, intoning punishment. However, when we think of it in terms of sports or finances we tend to realize its important good qualities.

May we see the need for discipline in every aspect of our lives, realizing that circumstances are not God punishing us but teaching us godliness and self-control.

Why We Enjoy Writing

The Recovering Legalist

“Writing is almost like creating something from nothing: from the mind into reality. Therefore, writing brings the writer joy because in his DNA is the ink stain of the One who created him.” – A. Baker

(See Genesis 1:26 and John 1:1-4)

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VerseD: 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12, ESV

Too many people have not counted the cost of discipleship (Luke 14) and therefore misunderstand what the Christian faith truly is.

If we wish to be faithful to our Lord, we must forcefully take hold of the truth of Christ and what it means for our lives, and we must strive to live in light of that truth, not the truth we make for ourselves.