Wednesday, February 1, 2012

|| Forgiveness ||

I seem to have taken a fancy to post about books I am reading. [Begin rabbit trail.... I have had many wise leaders encourage me to read as much about leadership, life, and Godliness that I can. There are so many great resources out there whereby we can increase our effectiveness for Christ as well as hone our skills in the business world, family life, emotional development, and more. End rabbit trail] I am also reading Improving Your Serve by Charles R. Swindoll. Sunday I was reading the chapter on forgiveness. What does it mean? Why is it important in the context of leadership? He takes us back to the model of God's forgiveness through Christ Jesus work on the cross. In the context of the the old Hymn:

          My Sin - oh the bliss of this glorious tho't-
          My Sin - not in part, but the whole,
          Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
          Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And in Scripture the words of the Psalms:

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
-Psalms 103:1-5, 10-12


As I thought about what I was reading and evaluated in my own life I was humbled by the love God has for me that even with my terrible sin I am able to approach my Savior though FORGIVENESS.

1 comment:

Julianna Stuckey said...

It is amazing. What a wonderful Savior we have.