Let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55.7

 

"Return to the Lord, your God . . ." We are invited to bring our sins and lay them before the throne of God. What a gift that invitation is, because some of us carry around SO MUCH guilt. Immediately after the 1971 Los Angeles earthquake, a number of children were seen in a counseling center. One child's problem was that he absolutely refused to close any door whatsoever. He had been told many times by his mother not to slam doors--a maneuver which had been very successful in gaining her attention. The last time he had slammed a door, the earthquake struck and the ground began to shake beneath him. The habit of door-slamming was forever broken because the negative response was much greater than the child had bargained for. It was as if he had gone too far in his bid for attention, "over manipulating" the environment, which then struck back with all its might.

 

No matter what guilt we feel, God is ready to cleanse us.

 

Lord Jesus, forgive me and thank you for dying for my sins. Amen.

 

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