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August 14, 2019


“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1)

Confession of sin is not easy. It is right, liberating, and necessary, but it is not easy. We need it, yet we try to fix our situation in so many different ways, apart from the Lord’s. In John’s Gospel we read “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31b-32). The Lord’s ways always lead to freedom.

Because asking for forgiveness is not easy, it’s important to remember that forgiveness depends more on God’s mercy than on us. King David knew this. He learned this in a deeper way after living through the affliction of committing great sins. King David had not only committed adultery, but also planned an assassination. He writes “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice” (Psalm 51:8). It was God who drove King David towards confession. It was not according to the King’s efforts, standing, or importance that he could receive the forgiveness he longed for. It was on God’s mercy and unfailing love that he could appeal for forgiveness.

And so it is with you and I. We long for our sins to be blotted out and for our conscience to be at rest. But it is not because of our strength, or how big or small our sin might be, but according to God’s unfailing love. This love is demostrated most in that Jesus Christ died so we might have life and forgiveness from sin. “God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

God’s abundant mercy is in display for the whole world. For “while we are still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8b).

Question: Do you need forgiveness?

Challenge: Trust in God’s unfailing love. Look to the cross of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I have sinned against you. In words, in actions, and in my thoughts. Blot out my transgressions, for your name’s sake.

Jonathan Agudelo, Chapel Leader -- Toronto Blue Jays

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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