What’s to Confess – Covered
Key Bible Verse: “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8
Bonus Reading: Romans 5:6-11
The bank sent me an overdraft notice on the checking account of one of my daughters. I encourage my college-age girls to monitor their accounts. Even so, they sometimes overspend.
What should I do? Send her an angry letter? Admonition might help her later, but it won’t satisfy the bank. Phone and tell her to make a deposit? Might as well tell a fish to fly. I know her liquidity. Zero. Transfer the money from my account to hers? Seemed to be the best option. After all, I had $25.37. I could replenish her account and pay the overdraft fee as well. Since she calls me Dad, I did what dads do. I covered my daughter’s mistake.
When I told her she was overdrawn, she said she was sorry. Still, she offered no deposit. She was broke. She had one option. “Dad, could you … ” “Honey,” I interrupted, “I already have.” I met her need before she knew she had one.
Long before you knew you needed grace, your Father did the same. He made an ample deposit (see today’s Key Bible Verse). Before you knew you needed a Savior, you had one. And when you ask him for mercy, he answers, “Dear child. I’ve already given it.”
—Max Lucado in Cure for the Common Life
My Response: I’ll thank God for sending Christ to die for me before I asked for his forgiveness.
Thought to Apply: In confession … we open our lives to the healing, reconciling, restoring, uplifting grace of him who loves us in spite of what we are. —Louis Cassels
Adapted from Cure for the Common Life (W Publishing, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: My need to confess sin and be cleansed is as great as ever. Don’t let me to pretend otherwise.