Ephesians 1:6-8a NIV – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
We don’t need to go far to see the need for forgiveness or to forgive. It is real for us in our everyday relationships. Not one of us can say that we haven’t been hurt by another or have not hurt another. If anything, as believers in Christ, this leads us back to the good news of the gospel over and over and deeper and deeper. We first begin with the richness of God’s grace towards us and how we have been forgiven through Christ. Through the blood of Jesus, we are totally forgiven and redeemed, so, every day, we have every reason to “praise his glorious grace.”
In praise and prayer, let’s declare this psalm to the Lord today:
Psalm 103:1-5, 8-12 NIV
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
We praise you Lord!
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Let’s continue in this praise to our Lord for our total forgiveness in Christ through singing “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman (click here).