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As Far as the East Is from the West

February 6, 2018

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As Far as the East Is from the West

The Lord likes  to have us stretch our imagination  as we try  to grasp His awesome greatness.     We have to live  in a world full  of sinners,  so we not only see the sins  of others,  but we can get very burdened  with the just judgments  that are due  to us  for our very own sins.

When our sins  weigh heavily on us,  we need  to look to the hope  and love  in God’s promises.     God has a special love  and compassion  for all who feel badly  about their sinful natures.     God’s children  have a deep respect  for God’s holiness — and they truly want  to live the way  God wants His children  to live.

As we want  to live  in a God-pleasing way,  God does not want us  to be guilt-ridden  about our sins.    God is glad  when we realize our sinful condition  and feel sorry about it.    But,  He does not want us  to get depressed  or hopeless  about it.

Instead  we are to look  to our heavenly Father  for forgiveness  and trust His comforting promises.     In Psalm 103:8-14  we can appreciate God’s love  for us.     It says,

The LORD is compassionate  and gracious,   
Slow to anger  and abounding  in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive  with us;
Nor will He keep His anger  forever.
He has not dealt  with us  according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us  according to our iniquities.
For  high as the heavens are  above the earth,
So great  is His lovingkindness  toward those  who fear Him.
As far  as the east is  from the west,
So far  has He removed  our transgressions  from us.   

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,   
So the LORD  has compassion  on those  who fear Him.   
For He Himself knows  our frame;
He is mindful  that we are but dust.

What a wonderful promise!     The east  will never ever  meet the west.    When we lay the burden  of our sins  on the Lord,  we will never ever  have to account  for them  in eternity.    When we respect  and honor God  as the LORD God Almighty  in every aspect  of our lives,  without a doubt,  He will gladly pardon  and forgive all  of our sins.

So,  as we respect God  for who He is  —  our Savior,  Redeemer,  Creator,  Sustainer  —  let us trust His holy word  and know for sure  that our sins are  totally gone forever.      In God’s eyes,  it is  as if they never existed.

For this  we need  to bless  and praise the LORD  with our whole being  as we joyfully live  each day  for Him.    Surrounded by His love,  we proclaim,  “Hallelujah!    Lord,  thank You for loving us so compassionately  that you forgive our every sin.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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