– by Janet Phillips
Please read Psalm 32…
David wrote this psalm when he himself had fallen from grace and was suffering the agonies of unacknowledged sin. Yet by the end he discovered the transforming power of God’s forgiveness and was used mightily in the Lord’s service. He was able to declare (v1) “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven.”
All of us are broken vessels and fall short of the best we can be. Forgiveness is available to us as we confess our sins and then look for guidance to the Lord, who says (v8)
“ I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
The challenge for us then is to extend the same forgiveness to others. Unforgiveness is acknowledged by psychiatrists to act as a kind of poison which damages our wellbeing. Recently we experienced an astounding, humbling act of kindness and help from someone who had also fallen from grace and been condemned by all, including ourselves. Truly, no-one is beyond the reach of redeeming grace and forgiveness. (v10) “The lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for forgiving my sins and washing me clean. Help me to reach out to others and show them the same forgiveness you have lavished on me. Amen.