DAY FOUR: TURNING FROM EVIL DEEDS
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (PSALM 139: 23-24)
YOU ARE FORGIVING TO THOSE WHO TURN FROM EVIL
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.” (PSALM 51 : 1)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 JOHN 1: 9)
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (PSALM 103: 10-14)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (EPHESIANS 1: 7)
Father in heaven, You know us too well. You understand we are like sheep and all of us have gone astray. Blot out our transgressions through the finished work of Christ. Forgive our repeated offenses against You and Your Name. Restore us, through Your grace, as Your sons and daughters.
Wash me and make me white as snow. Cleanse me from every evil thought. Renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation that I might experience Your holiness.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (ISAIAH 1:18)
Father, grant me Your pardon for my grievous sins and help me to become a fragrant offering that is pleasing to You. God, thank You for Your patience with our country. Give us a contrite heart that we may see the joy of repentance as we turn from our evil and sinful way back to You.
• How/when do you find yourself hiding your true self from God?
• What would it look like for you to live openly before Him?
• What would it look like for a community (a family, a city, a nation) to live openly before God?