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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Saturday, December 20, 2014

Escape from Guilt

Have mercy upon me, O God.
Psalm 51:1

Escaping the oppressive burden of guilt is one of the greatest problems we all face. As Christians we rejoice, knowing that because we are justified freely by Gods grace on the merits of Jesus Christ, the guilt of our sin is gone and we stand before God legally righteous. Nothing can alter that acceptance and legal position. Yet in daily experience we sin, and the feeling of guilt over offending our Lord overwhelms us. That conviction by Gods Spirit is good, but God does not want us to wallow in despair over our sin. He desires that we experience the joy of salvation. Psalm 51, Davids prayer of confession, shows us the way to escape guilt.

Although David was conscious of the magnitude of his sin, he knew that God was ready to forgive. Rather than making some deal with God to work off his offence, he realized that forgiveness cannot be earned. That is the main lesson to learn. Too often when we feel the burden of our sin, we make certain vows to God that we will do this or that if He will just forgive us one more time. Pleas for forgiveness must appeal to God. Davids asking for mercy indicates his awareness that forgiveness is a matter of grace. He could offer no argument from his own character; grace is divine favour based in Gods character. Although no man can obligate God to be gracious, He has obligated Himself by covenant to be gracious to His people. When David appealed to the Lords lovingkindness, he had the guarantee of forgiveness. David knew what we should knowthat if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive. We escape from guilt by fleeing to Gods grace, loyalty, and compassion.

Release! Signed in tears, sealed in blood! The black ink of the indictment is written all over with the red ink of the cross.
T. DeWitt Talmage

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