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Friday, November 2, 2012


"Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14)

Thank God for forgiveness because offending people most often seems to be what I do best in this life. Can I get a witness? If not for the fact that God has called those who trust wholly in Him and His goodness to prove true love by keeping no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5), we might have long ago succumb to reasoning which suggests that we must be the only ones who have ever sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). However, such vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5), though dramatic and good for reality show ratings, are anchored neither in the day to day experience of mature believers bearing spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23) nor in the Word of God which testifies against those who think of themselves as wise (Isaiah 5:21).!form/cyd6

When we arise from our knees with open arms and repentant hearts of thanksgiving to receive new mercies each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), having been purged with God's hyssop (Psalm 51:7, Isaiah 1:16-18, John 1:29) and cleansed by the washing of His Word (Ephesians 5:26), we cease to carry the burden and stigma of yesterday's hurt, suspicion, pain, misfortune, guilt and regret.

What a wonder fresh bread is (John 6:35) to those who hunger and thirst after God's righteousness (Matthew 5:6), having realized that all the righteousness within themselves is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). All of our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. Oh yes! There is peace in the realization that we can lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us in order to run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2). Hallelujah! Bless the holy name of Jesus!!form/cyd6

© 2012 Brian L Hunter

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