By the grace of God, there are moments where I know I am in line with what God has called me to be and to do. But, I know there are also moments where I am far from what God has called me to be and to do. I know I am a sinner and am prone to leave the God I love. I know I have made mistakes. BUT in the midst of battling sin and putting sin to death, my heart praises God for the free gift of forgiveness in Christ. Last week, my friend, Jason Hironaga reminded me in Ephesians 4:32 that God has forgiven me in Christ, and today, I read a puritan prayer that also pushed my soul towards the topic of forgiveness and repentance. It encouraged my spirit, and I hope it encourages your spirit too.
I am always going into the far country, and always returning as a prodigal, always saying, "Father, forgive me," and you are always bringing forth the best robe. Every morning let me wear it, every evening return in it, go out to the day's work in it, be married in it, be wound in death in it, stand before the great white throne in it, enter heaven in it shining as the sun. Grant me never to lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the exceeding righteousness of salvation, the exceeding glory of Christ, the exceeding beauty of holiness, the exceeding wonder of grace.
From Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers.