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For His Name’s Sake

May 22, 2019

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For His Name’s Sake

There is a temptation prevalent  to all mankind.     It’s the feeling  that we can’t be forgiven  because we’ve just sinned way  too much.     We give up hope  in God’s almighty power  to forgive  because we feel so unworthy.     People might even feel  that they don’t have a right  to even think about asking  for forgiveness  because they don’t deserve  to be forgiven.    Some even begin  to despise the thought  of anyone else saying  there is total forgiveness  in Christ Jesus.

But,  all those feelings are nothing but temptations  from Satan  to deny the holiness, power,  and loving promises  of God Almighty.     It’s like thinking the Bible is not telling the truth  when it talks about full forgiveness  for all  who turn back to God  for the forgiveness so desperately needed.

There are many places throughout the Bible  that stress how the Lord will not turn anyone away  when they ask for forgiveness.     One of those places is Isaiah 42:3, where it talks  about our Savior,

A bruised reed  He will not break,    
And a dimly burning wick  He will not extinguish.

When we are torn  with feelings of guilt,  we are that  “bruised reed”.     When we feel our faith  in our Savior is about burned out,  we are that  dimly burning wick”.     God promises  that He certainly will not snuff us out  or smash us.     Instead our Savior wants  to gently envelop us  in His loving arms  and welcome us  with a most tender love and reassurance.

The apostle John  wrote much  about this love  of God.     In his writings he explains God’s faithful love for us all  and how God wants His love  to shape and mold our hearts and minds,  so that,  we too,  will begin to live  in a godly love.     And for all of those who have fears and doubts,  John says  in 1 John 2:12,

I am writing to you,  little children,  because your sins  are forgiven you  for His name’s sake.

For His name’s sake.     That’s something we need  to understand.     God is holy and He is incapable  of lying.     When God makes a promise,  He surely will keep it,  because He wants  to keep His name holy  and without spot.     The whole Bible is filled  with the promises of God’s love and forgiveness  for all  who turn to Him.     He’s got  to keep His promise  of forgiveness and eternal life  through faith  in Jesus Christ.     He said it.     It’s a holy promise based  on His holy name.

So,  what are we waiting for?     Let us daily lay all our sins and burdens  before our Savior,  and remind Him,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for promising  to forgive all of our sins  for Your holy name’s sake.     Thank You  for assuring us  that Your promises are  for everyone  who turns back  to You.”

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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