Today's reading

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1:9 NIV

January 7, 2023

Seek Forgiveness

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. –1 John 1:9 NIV

In the Bible, there are stories about heroes, villains, kings, and beggars—with which we can all relate. There are also stories about some women whose mistakes can help us to avoid a fall. Eve, Potiphar’s wife, Lot’s wife, the woman at the well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, and Jezebel each had quite a story. Some were bad for a moment, while others were living in sin through and through. Yet, most of them weren’t much different from any of us. Romans 3:23 (NIV) says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Few people want to be known as sinners. Aren’t we always told as children to be good and obey? The simple truth is that we constantly fall short and are in need of a savior. In Christ, we can receive complete and total forgiveness of our past and present sins. Our sin in the past doesn’t determine our identity today. Christ makes all things new. In Him, we are given a new heart, and we receive His identity. Transformation begins when God’s love steps in.

prayer focuses

Pray that the enemy does not trap you in past failures. Seek forgiveness.

Ask the Lord to help you to learn from your mistakes.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.