Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Our Father's Embrace

Dear Saints, the Lord is like a father who is disappointed when his children fail to heed that which he has taught them. But like a good father, and better, our Heavenly Father is quick to smile upon those who recognize their failures and turn to Him in confession and repentance.
         He is not One to hold a grudge or to feel slighted. He is slow to anger, long-suffering with His children and quick to forgiveness. We, who have failed Him, often feel the weight of our failure. He is so good and we can be so ungrateful. That feeling leads us to repentance. But the promise of forgiveness from our Father ought to be believed as strongly as the reality of His holiness. If He has spoken forgiveness to us, and He has, who are we to question His kindness, His mercy, His grace, His favor? If we did so, we would only need to confess and repent again. Let us not do that. God has spoken. You are forgiven in Jesus Christ. You stand before Him fully dressed in the righteous attire of the risen Son of God. Believe this and feel the weight of guilt and shame fall away as you receive the loving embrace of our gracious Father in Heaven.

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