Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Daily Devotion: Facing the Wall

Bible Reading: I John 1 

Key Verse: Verse 9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Key Words: he is faithful and just to forgive us

Sir Edward C. Burne-Jones, the prominent nineteenth-century English artist, went to tea at the home of his daughter. As a special treat his little granddaughter was allowed to come to the table; she misbehaved, and her mother made her stand in the corner with her face to the wall. Sir Edward, a well-trained grandfather, did not interfere with his grandchild’s training; but the next morning he arrived at his daughter’s home with paints and palette. He went to the wall where the little girl had been forced to stand; and there he painted pictures – a kitten chasing its tail, lambs in the field, and goldfish swimming. He decorated the wall on both sides of the corner with paintings for his granddaughter’s delight. If she had to stand in the corner again, at least she would have something to look at.

When a Christian commits sin and is put into a corner, God does not send him to hell. When a child of God sins, he does not fall from grace. Wonderful it is that instead he falls into grace. If your particular sin has been confessed, God has restored you. When God put you into the corner, He went to you there and painted a picture of His forgiveness and love.

What to do:
✞ Many people can forgive everyone but themselves. If God forgives you, why can’t you forgive yourself? Go and sin no more – but you are forgiven!
✞ If God can forgive others, why can’t you? Try it! A bitter, unforgiving spirit destroys the one not willing to forgive.

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