“When You hear, forgive.” 1 Kings 8:30

Maybe you need to hear this as I did today.

The Lord is not afraid of our sin. The Lord is ready to forgive.

As I read the prayers of Solomon upon the grand opening of the temple, I am reminded that the focus of his prayer is forgiveness. His supplications were not laden with a desire for safety, increasing numbers, pleasing others. Solomon’s whole focus was God’s compassion for his chosen people.

“When each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive.”

God, in His mercy, does the work of exposing his kids’ sin—not so we can feel bad, become defensive, get all discouraged—but that we might continue in wisdom and knowledge. That compassion will spread through His children across this hurting world. 

When the Holy Spirit corrected my unkind attitude toward my husband, He was gentle, kind, keeping it just between He and I. What a difference grace makes to my stubborn heart.

I want to encourage you this day: don’t be afraid to go before the Lord. No one cares for your spirit more than Jesus does.

Published by JoAnn

It amazes me how a few words can change a life.

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