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    Tuesday, 22 August 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional August 23, 2017 — Our Guilt Is Gone

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Topic: Our Guilt Is Gone



      August 23, 2017

    Read: Psalm 32:1–11 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 113–115; 1 Corinthians 6
    I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5
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    As a young girl, I invited a friend to browse with me through a gift shop near my home. She shocked me, though, by shoving a handful of colorful crayon-shaped barrettes into my pocket and yanking me out the door of the shop without paying for them. Guilt gnawed at me for a week before I approached my mom—my confession pouring out as quickly as my tears.

    Grieved over my bad choice of not resisting my friend, I returned the stolen items, apologized, and vowed never to steal again. The owner told me never to come back. But because my mom forgave me and assured me that I had done my best to make things right, I slept peacefully that night.

    I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5
    King David also rested in forgiveness through confession (Ps. 32:1–2). He had hidden his sins against Bathsheba and Uriah (2 Sam. 11–12) until his “strength was sapped” (Ps. 32:3–4). But once David refused to “cover up” his wrongs, the Lord erased his guilt (v. 5). God protected him “from trouble” and wrapped him in “songs of deliverance” (v. 7). David rejoiced because the “Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him” (v. 10).
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    We can’t choose the consequences of our sins or control people’s responses when we confess and seek forgiveness. But the Lord can empower us to enjoy freedom from the bondage of sin and peace through confession, as He confirms that our guilt is gone—forever.

    Lord, when we confess our sins and receive Your forgiveness, please help us believe our guilt is completely and forever wiped away.


    When God forgives, our guilt is gone.

    By Xochitl Dixon
    INSIGHT:
    A burdened conscience is a heavy weight to carry. Ever since the fall of man in the garden of Eden, our response to sin has been either to blame others (Gen. 3:12–13) or take responsibility for our transgression before God (1 John 1:9). The penitent in today’s psalm acknowledges his transgressions to his Creator and Redeemer and experiences the cleansing of his conscience and with it the lifting of a burdensome load. Clearly this psalm teaches us that we can experience freedom from the bondage of sin through divine forgiveness.
    When has guilt and remorse racked your soul? How did God’s forgiveness and cleansing provide freedom? Dennis Fisher

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