Written by: John Sernaque
Call to Worship
Ephesians 4: 32
4: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Luke 6: 36, 37
6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
John 8: 11
8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
We know these verses but do we practice them? Are we like the scribes and Pharisees, quick to condemn those we believe to have wronged us? Are we not sinners? Stiff necked and prideful, our way or the highway. Ready to stone the sinner to death. Guarding our earthly treasures instead of our heavenly treasures. Do we demonstrate human nature in our everyday lives and in our decision making? Human nature was imputed to us by the Devil, Satan himself. We must not take that route but demonstrate the human Spirit which was imputed to us by Jesus Christ. How many chances did Jesus give unto Mary? I thank God for the many chances I’ve received. Were it not for Jesus, I would die a sinner. But Jesus gives us the victory over sin and I claim the victory that Jesus won, today, and every day. Praise God for His compassion and loving mercy, His long suffering. If Jesus gives us more chances than we deserve, can we not do the same for each other?
Our kind and merciful Father,
We come to You as sinners, confessing that we have sinned against You in different ways, sorry and humbly repentant of all our sins. We pray, in Your compassion and mercy, that You forgive us of our sins. We ask for yet another chance, though undeserving, lest we die as sinners. We do not premeditate our sins, but sometimes stumble and fall, making mistakes. So, we claim Your promise to us that if we confess our sins, that You are faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. Let us forgive one another, as You have forgiven us. We thank You for giving us the victory over sin and claim the victory that Jesus won. Help us be more and more like Jesus every day, so that we would sin no more. Hear our cries, oh Lord, and pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us. Let us be in one accord with Your plan of salvation for us, is our prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.