We live in a world full of people carrying baggage they were never intended to carry. Critical self-examination allows their past decisions to echo like a broken record that plays over and over in their heads. Sometimes, we carry things we never confess to God because we are
too afraid to even confess that it was wrong or a poor decision to ourselves which can lead us into self-destruction or a closed mind that is focused only on self. God sent his son Jesus as a form of himself so that we didn’t have to suffer alone. So we didn’t have to perform outright open sacrifices to try and rectify our sins (but we still see people doing that… trying to find a way to make it right… we do that). God doesn’t want us to try and “figure it out”. Instead, he offered a solution and gift to not only help us forgive ourselves, but to operate in forgiveness of others… to extend mercy as we have received it and to fully appreciate the gift of grace.
Most Gracious and Heavenly Father,
Thank you, Jesus, for your forgiveness, mercy and grace.
It’s a gift we could not earn or deserve but one you have granted to us
willingly. Lord, please help us to be brave enough to admit our
faults to you, to entrust our failures to your everlasting perfection
and to trust you with our deepest inner turmoil. While we are not
perfect, we pray that you will help us to be more like you each
day. Help us to listen when you speak and to take heed to your
warnings. Help us to live a life that is reflective of you. Teach us
and help us to bless others that may be suffering from critical self-examination,
self-destruction and/or selfishness. If that person is
us, we ask that you help us to see and hear you clearly.
We love and honor you.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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