Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thurs., 2/21/08 Devotion (Lk. 7:49b)

Today's encouragement comes from Luke 7:49b, where we read these words:

" . . . 'Who is this who even forgives sins?' "

Of all the great things that Jesus Christ does, are any of them more wonderful than the fact that He forgives the sins of His redeemed? I think not. Are your sins forgiven? If so, then you are a supremely blessed person. It matters little whatever troubles or hardships you face--if the wrath of God is removed from you by the blood atonement of Christ, you have nothing significant to worry about.

Forgiveness is a splendid thing. By receiving it from God, we have an everlasting relationship with Him; and by giving it to each other, we resemble our loving Heavenly Father (who gives forgiveness to His children).

[Puritan quote of the day: "The presence of God in His ordinances is the beauty and strength of a nation." --Thomas Watson, in "All Things for Good"]