"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: November 16

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” ~ Psalm 32:1-2

No other religion offers forgiveness. Only those who have experienced the forgiveness of Christ, know the freedom forgiveness brings.

Only those of us who are forgiven by the One who will never point a finger at us and remind us of what He has done, know the rest of being free. God never points a finger at us for any reason. “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity.” Blessed is the man who knows Christ did not come to condemn, but to save.

God could not condemn because of what His heart is like. But He also is far too wise to point a finger at us for any reason. He knows that’s what most of us want, to be noticed! We want to be pointed out, therefore many of us are willing to be pointed at, if only someone is directing attention toward us. It is a pathetic and humanly disgusting spectacle to see an adult (in years) sit and squirm through an entire evening clinging to and building up a problem in order to get attention. But think of the patience God has had to have with us. Think of the patience He must still show us. And be thankful that He shows it so wisely. If He kept pointing at our sin, He would keep our attention on it. And He knows that whatever attracts our attention, also attracts us. So, God in His lovely wisdom, points to Himself.

When He has our attention, He also has us. And one good way for us to know how much of us He really possesses, is to see how much guile we still possess. If we are still full of tricks and devious conversation, there is need for cleansing. Need for much cleansing. The simplicity of no guile captures us when we are completely captured by Christ.

“Blessed is the man … in whose spirit there is no guile. Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart.”

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