Communication and cleansing

” Come let us reason together, says the Lord.  Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)  Real forgiveness requires communication.  God calls us to “come and reason” with Him.  We have to talk.  We have to be honest.  We have to listen.  I used to pray the Lord’s prayer as a blanket request.  “Forgive me my sins(all of them).  It was a magic bullet!  I didn’t have to be specific.  I didn’t have to regret or even admit my part in the mess that we humans have made of God’s world.  I realize, now, my mistake.  Jesus was teaching us to come into God’s presence for honest conversation re. our failures.  In prayer, I am to lance the wound of my actions and attitudes and patterns and pride.  When I do, His healing love flows in to wash it all away.  Think about it. The cleansing power of the cross requires communication.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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