Praise a mighty and forgiving God

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To be able to stand in front of a mirror and say ‘I am a sinner and not worthy of the love God has for me’ is a very uplifting thing. You have realised that you are not perfect and never will be in this world but you have also realised that there is a God.
To be able to stand in front of someone else and confess you are a sinner demands great honesty to one’s self and is a powerful thing. That someone else may begin to realise that there is a God if they haven’t already done so.
To be able to stand before the congregation and declare that you stand there a sinner but saved by God’s grace because you believe in His Son is a declaration of His sovereignty and the praise you have for Him in your heart.
To be able to praise Him all day long is a wonderful song of worship.

Shirley Anne

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Undeserved (Luke 7:37–39)
I am sinful, yet God calls me righteous. Is there anything I can do to thank him?
Read
One day a Pharisee asked Jesus to come to his house to eat. “A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner’ ” (Luke 7:37–39). The incredible thing is that Jesus did know what kind of woman she was. But that didn’t stop him from loving her.
Think
Like the woman, we all stand before Jesus with a spiritual rap sheet that is miles long. At this very moment, he sees every area of our lives that needs refining. Yet despite our sin, he loves us anyway. Dearly. That doesn’t make sense. But God’s love doesn’t make sense. We can’t figure it out.
Live
Let grace amaze you. Ponder it. Dwell on it. Feel the intensity of God’s love behind it. The woman had it right. She was well aware of her sinful past—she had lived it. And when she found the Savior who knew her completely and still offered acceptance and forgiveness, she could do nothing else but fall on her knees and pour out her praise on him.
When your messiness runs into Jesus’ perfection and you find him there loving you, be like the woman with the alabaster jar. Just love him. Pour out your praise; drench him in worship. Stand in awe of the One who gave it all. He is worthy of every ounce of your praise.
Taken from The Great Rescue Bible

Shirley Anne

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