In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.~Ephesians 1:7-8 NIV
Thoughts on today's verse...
Are there times when you need forgiveness? I have those times when I desperately need forgiveness. Oh, it doesn't matter what for, just know that I know that my sin (or sins) keep my prayers from being heard. And there is nothing worse than praying and knowing that your prayers just hitting the ceiling and going no further...
Then, when we do ask for and receive forgiveness, the problem is: (1) we usually just don't feel forgiven and (2) having to deal with the consequences of our sin. It all comes down to our focus. If we focus on our junk, our lack of worthiness we have difficulty forgiving ourselves and in accepting God's forgiveness. We need to shift our focus to Christ and his redemption for all sin on the cross.
If we're struggling with forgiving ourselves or even someone else, we need to remember the Jesus died for all of us - equally.
My Lord and My God, help me to remember that your forgiveness is for one and all. The only sin that will separate me from You is the one I haven't confessed. May I be humble enough to bring all those things before you and lay them at your feet. In Your name I pray ~Amen!
Yours, because we're His,