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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 28

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Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Devotional: This prayer is our best defense against hypocrisy in our lives.  It was penned by King David, who is described as a man after God’s own heart.  But David, just like you and me, struggled with hypocrisy.  He lusted after a married woman, committed adultery with her, and had her husband killed.

Yet David knew the power of God’s love and forgiveness.  He penned one of the most beautiful prayers of repentance in Psalm 51.  One that reminds you and me that there is grace and mercy for all who are willing to be laid bare before God. 

In today’s passage, he shows us we can keep ourselves from hypocrisy through this prayer of self-examination.  God knows your heart better than you do.  It’s easy to develop blind spots and to be in denial about our own sin.  But, if you are willing, God will reveal those offenses to you that you might confess them before Him. 

Reflect:

  • Take time to prayer this Scripture each day for a week. And make it a practice to invite God’s Spirit into your reflection, that He may reveal your offenses and cleanse you from all unrighteousness as you confess them to Him.

What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 27

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Scripture: Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion,  blot out my transgressions. 

Devotional: Today’s devotion is a repeat in part, of yesterday’s devotion.  But done in order to focus on two things that are important not to miss in our pursuit of ridding our lives of hypocrisy:  God’s unfailing love and His compassion. 

It’s because of God’s unfailing love and compassion that He invites us to confess our sin before Him and promises to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.  Because He knows that sin separates us from Him. 

He loves you so much and wants nothing to stand between you and Him.  And sin does. Every time.  The longer you go with unconfessed sin, the more it becomes like bricks, building a wall between you and God.  A wall that can seem impenetrable. 

But God’s great love and compassion is stronger than any wall of sin that stands between you and Him.  The blood of Jesus is more powerful than your sin and knocks down the wall of separation.  Just like the curtain in the temple was torn in two at Jesus’ death, the walls of sin come down when you confess them before Him.

Be encouraged today dear one.  And receive the unfailing love and compassion of God as you confess your sins before Him.

Reflect:

  • Reflect upon this statement: What if there is a place that is so safe, that the worst of you can be known, and you will be loved more, not less, in the telling of it?” (The Cure)
  • This place does exist and it’s in the midst of God’s grace. Receive that grace today.

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