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Lenten Devotional – Day 25

Lent 3My blood began to boil as I skimmed the email from a co-worker.  I had interpreted it as belittling and rude, so in my head I spouted off several well-scripted snappy retorts.

Instead, I emailed a one-line reply.  Several minutes later, an email thread was building and I was fighting mad.

I don’t get visibly angry very often but this short interaction sent me through the roof.  I went in search of sympathy and advice from two trusted friends who graciously pointed me toward resolution.  Each friend listened.

Truth began to shine when one of them thoughtfully read the original email out loud to me.  With a few sentences and a more levelheaded reader, my basis for my anger dissolved.

I wish my sin and the effects of it could dissolve as easily.

I had caused a conflict because I was lazy and did not read what my co-worker had originally written.  My sin created mayhem and it influenced several around the office that day.

This week’s passage is Psalm 51, David’s prayer of repentance.  Already I identify with his opening line:

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

The psalmist says his sin is ever before him.  That can feel discouraging unless we really believe the line beforehand – a plea that God might cleanse him entirely and thoroughly blot out his sin.  What does that mean for you today?

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