12/27/20. This is a fitting review for anyone contemplating their next New Year’s Resolution(s) and is also a perfect accompaniment to the sermon I heard this morning at Sellwood Church from Titus 2:11-14 which was about embracing my salvation in Christ. I hope it might be a help to someone in addition to me this evening.
Did that title get your attention? I tend to be too hard on myself, at least in some ways. Can you relate? In other ways, I am probably not hard enough on myself. Lately I’ve been thinking about how foolish it is to keep beating myself up about sins that God has freely forgiven and chooses to never remember against me. And how foolish it is to feel worthless, or like I need to punish myself for my imperfections. A good friend recently reminded me of these truths from the Bible:
Micah 7:18-19: Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the…
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