Gems 2015 — June 19 Scripture Selection: Psalm 25-26

Guest post  by Jeanette Andrade

June 19 Scripture Selection: Psalm 25-26

Food for Thought: Ps. 25:6, 7

There is very good news for everyone who has regrets from the past due to mistakes made in their youth: The Lord has absolutely no desire to hold those sins over your head. In fact, He made a way so that they could be completely erased from the record. What a relief!

You have His Word on it, and you can believe Him. The apostle Peter, explaining the Good News to the people who had been the ones to demand the death of Jesus Christ, said in Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” It is, indeed, refreshing when your sins are blotted out upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. II Corinthians 5:17 confirms this renewal: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” All the junk from the passed has literally passed away. The Lord has made all things new.

Occasionally, even those of us who have been in the faith for some time may unnecessarily burden ourselves with guilt from either recent or mistakes from long ago, casting our sights on the errors instead of on the Word and what the Lord has done for us. Romans 8:1 assures us that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus because our new identity is in Him and in the Spirit, not in the weakness of the flesh. In addition, we have the promise of God’s compassions, mercies, and faithfulness toward us in Lamentations 3:22, 23 which says, Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

God’s faithfulness to us and His Word is greater than your mind can ever comprehend. So all you can do is accept this freedom from the sins of the past by faith and not ever look back. Nothing can ever be gained by looking back! Instead, walk in the newness of life (Rom. 6:4) that the Lord has provided by His love.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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