Daily Devotional: Psalms 136:10-15
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever. 11 and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever. 12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever. 13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever. 14 and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever. 15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.
5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.
God loves us no matter what we do or what happens to us. It is easy for us to think that somehow because of what we have done, God doesn’t really love us or can’t love us. This is most often because we don’t love ourselves. We have done wrong toward God in some terrible sin and even though we have asked God to forgive us, we just can’t seem to be able to forgive ourselves.
Forgiving ourselves may be the most difficult forgiveness to extend. We know we have done wrong – we have sinned. In the process we may have (probably have) hurt someone we love or have let someone down that was depending on us. The consequences of our sinful actions continue to haunt us and somehow, we just are not able to let it go. We must trust God! He promised that when we confess our sin to him and ask for his forgiveness, he will forgive our sin.
When God forgives, he really forgives and he says our sin is as far from him as the east is from the west. He tells us our sin is behind his back. We have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus and stand before him as white as snow. As we walk in his light (seeking to live for him, not self or this world) the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. God has promised to forgive – so we must accept his love that endures forever and his forgiveness and forgive ourselves – let it go.
Heavenly Father I am so very thankful for your enduring love toward me. Help me open my heart to your Spirit so your love will be perfected in me. I want to love you more than anything or anyone else in my life. Sometimes I let myself get in the way and put me and my desires ahead of you. Forgive me. When I sin, help me accept your forgiveness so I can live with your peace in my heart. Keep me from making excuses for sin but give me a pure heart to know and do your will in all things. Bless those who are sick. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.