Wash Me

“Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil.” (Psalm 51:4)

 Please take the time to read Psalm 51:1-12, you won’t be sorry. If you already read it, read it again. Put these words from the Lord of confession upon your lips. Speak them aloud. Recognize the autobiographical nature of the words you are speaking. Thank the Lord for giving you these good words. Pray that He does what He promises. Ask for cleansing, to be scrubbed clean inside and out. To have your transgressions forgiven and forgotten. To be justified and made blameless. Having your wretchedness purged from you, refining you as if metal through fire, so that before your God and Lord you stand righteous. That the Lord would hide His face from your sins and look upon you only in His eternal grace and mercy. Beg the Lord to forgive it all, restore you to the joy of your salvation, and uphold you with a spirit willing to rest in this lavish love! These ancient words of blessing have become words of promise and hope for us sinners! May you find your peace, joy, hope, and comfort in the Father’s good mercy today and always!

Jesus, make us clean and holy. Remove our sins far from us. Look with mercy upon us.. Amen.



Repentance and Forgiveness

“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations.” (Luke 24:46-47)

 Luke 24 records one of five “commissioning” statements by Jesus. (See also Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; John 20:22-23; and Acts 1:8.) Before His ascension back to His rightful throne in heaven, Jesus prepared and assigned His followers to take the Good News of His death and resurrection both near and far. The Gospel message is the message of forgiveness, but that’s not all. Jesus also shows us the necessity of repentance – turning away from our sinful thoughts and words and actions and turning toward Christ and His graciousness for us and His good will for our lives.

We tend to want the latter without the former. We like to hear about forgiveness, but not about “that repentance stuff.” But remember, these are Jesus’ very words for you. From beginning (see Mark 1:15) to end of His ministry, Jesus calls us to repent and return to Him.

Jesus, give me a repentant heart. Amen.