Daily Devotion Friday, January 18th

Friday, January 18, 2013 – Psalm 51; Isaiah 42:(1-9) 10-17; Ephesians 3:1-13 and Mark 2:13-22

Psalm 51 – 4   Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.

Psalm 51, especially the opening lines, has always been a great prayer of confession for me. Today it reminded me of AA’s twelve steps; especially the following.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Copyright _ A.A. World Services, Inc. Rev.5/9/02

 If you want to see the full twelve steps, here is a link to a site that has them.

http://www.aa.org/en_pdfs/smf-121_en.pdf

When I sin (which is more often than I know or want) I sin first and foremost before God. I break his holy commandments and laws. When I sin I love myself more than I love God or others. When I sin I put myself and my desires before my desire to seek God’s holy ways. Even in one day, my sins are too many to count. I appreciate AA’s twelve steps because they really help a person look at what they have done and then seek to make amends to God and others.

How does one make amends to God? We honestly and humbly confess our sin before God. Then we seek to change our ways, by seeking to “love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as we love our self.” Verse 17 of our Psalm states this well; 17  The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

O God, mender of broken and contrite hearts, today reveal to me my sins, guide me as I am confronted by them, wash me thoroughly of them, and guide me as I seek to once again follow your ways. Guide me as I seek to make amends with those whom I have hurt. Thanks for being God who forgives and gives new life. Thanks for healing me and making me whole. Amen.

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