11 August 2009

Willing Heart

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Restore to me the JOY of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."

Psalm 51:10, 12

Each day, the Lord gives us new chances, new mercy, a clean slate to write on again. It has become dangerously cliche to those under his mercy that he is a God of second chances- and third, and tenth, and so on. How thankful I am that he is so generous! I recall, also, that Jesus instructs us to imitate Him:

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Mathew 6:14-15)

"Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us." (Luke 11:4)

"Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21-22)

When we feel like we are the longsuffering, "better" half of our marriages, pride is at the root of it. When I was a normal Catholic, before I heard about know Jesus personally, I was asked if I was going to heaven when I died. I said, typically, "Yeah, I'm not a bad person." Well we need to remember that we are to not compare ourselves to other flawed, sinful people, but to Christ alone. How do we measure up to Him? Not as well. But he forgives us when we ask him for a new slate. And we need to attempt to be as generous with those in our lives as well, to better give him glory.


wayne's blog said...

Thanks for the wonderful reminder of the truth of His Word. Thankful for new mercies every morning!