Good Grief = Relief
In the Word
… the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him (Psalm 32:10b).
Of the Word
When things go wrong for poor cartoon character Charlie Brown, he often says, “Good grief!” Can grief ever be good?
Yes! Grief over sin leads to repentance, repentance to confession, and confession to forgiveness. Though the world may advise, “You mess up, you cover it up,” the Word of God says otherwise. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin (Psalm 32:5).
How can we be sure of God’s forgiveness? He sent Jesus to live and die and rise again. Over and over in His Word, He promises forgiveness. God’s love and forgiveness are sure.
Walking with my Lord
Loving Father, I have sinned. Forgive me for Jesus’ sake and help me to live according to Your will. Thank You for Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 12/30 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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