Michael’s Monday Meditations

When I examine my life, I see how wracked by sin my life has been. I think if all of us take an honest inventory of our lives, we can see the effects of sin before we met Jesus, but even after. And surely, we see the detrimental effects of sin in our lost world as we look around us. Even though we are new creatures once we invite Jesus in, because we are human, we still err, and impose sin upon others as well as have sin imposed upon us. Through Jesus, we must fight that sin nature our entire lives. But, not only did Jesus set the perfect example for us as a guide to live our lives, He actually overcame sin and death by the shedding of His blood on the Cross — for He bore the punishment we deserved from a Holy God, enabling all of us who invite Him into our lives in a small step of faith, to live life in godly abundance here on earth and with the Father in eternity. Jesus said to Peter in Matthew: “Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.…” Because we have wronged others, let us be quick to forgive those who have wronged us, for it is simply part of the human condition. Dear Lord, help us to always remember our weakness and to depend upon you each moment so that we avoid the pitfalls of sin so that we might bless others and be blessed ourselves. Help us to realize just how blessed it is to walk obediently and to trust you, Lord, for the very lives we live and to further your kingdom here on earth! Help us also to be quick to forgive others when we have been wronged, knowing that we have inflicted that same pain onto others — none of us are guiltless — so that our Father in heaven might forgive us as well for how we have wronged Him. Thank you dear Jesus for the precious blood you shed upon Calvary’s tree, that we might be redeemed unto the Father! Thank you for your sacrifice and your provision, and may each of our lives reflect the gratitude we ought to have for your love, kindness, mercy, patience and justice!

Michael Swanson

Stand Project

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