Grace and Guilt
Monday, March 1
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity…and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
Dogs are great with admitting guilt and accepting grace. When my Luna
was a puppy, she always knew when she had done something she wasn’t
supposed to. She would point out her misbehavior: a sheepish look, a
lowered head, sitting right next to the destroyed shoe. After five minutes
of complete guilt, Luna would come to me tail wagging and playful.
We could learn something from Luna about guilt and grace, especially
grace. Grace is harder than we think because saying is not believing.
Grace needs to be revealed over and over again. So, hear these words:
God forgives you–through Jesus Christ who died to make forgiveness
possible. God forgives you, whether you believe it today or not.
Prayer: God of grace, help me to know that I am forgiven, really
forgiven, and that frees me to follow you. Amen.
Pr. Christine Emerson, St. John’s Lutheran Church