FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins, turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to show that you have received forgiveness for your sins.
Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 (NLT2)
A couple married for 15 years began having more than usual disagreements. They wanted to make their marriage work and agreed on an idea the wife had. For one month, they planned to drop a slip in a “Fault” box. The boxes would provide a place to let the other know about daily irritations. The wife was diligent in her efforts and approach: “leaving the jelly top off the jar,” “wet towels on the shower floor,” “dirty socks not in the hamper,” on and on until the end of the month. After dinner, at the end of the month, they exchanged boxes. The husband reflected on what he had done wrong. Then the wife opened her box and began reading. They were all the same, the message on each slip was, “I love you!” (Source Unknown)
Baptism is a sign that we have been forgiven by God. God doesn’t love us because we deserve it. God loves us because He is loving and gracious. The word “forgiveness” refers to a remission as when one remits (pardons, cancels) a debt, or releases someone from an obligation. To release from captivity.
The message on Sunday went all the way from conviction of your sin to the forgiveness of sin. It’s not until we are aware that we need forgiveness that we realize we need to ask for it. The good news for us is that God delights in mercy.
Thank God for offering you undeserved forgiveness. Thank you for not keeping a record of your wrongs.