July 1 Freedom from Sin

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:8–18

Key Verse: Psalm 25:18

Look on my affliction and my pain,

And forgive all my sins.

Sometimes the sin in our hearts clutches us so tightly that we wonder if anyone sees the pain on our faces. We wonder if we must always mask the darkness beneath the surface. Despite confessing that our hope is in Jesus Christ, a sense of hopelessness can breed within us. But God wants to shatter the bondage of sin and shame into which our lives may have fallen.

We must take the first step in going to Him and asking Him to free us from the sin in our lives. Oftentimes, we fear going to God with our sins because we misunderstand the heart of our heavenly Father. He doesn’t backhand us—He opens His hands to receive us back into His arms. No matter what particular sin we have committed or how many times we have done it, God’s grace and forgiveness reaches deeper, desiring not only to cleanse us but to transform us. He wants to set us free.

The change may not always be instant, but as we commit to turning to Him during our moments of temptation—and times of failure—God will begin to bring freedom to our lives. The sin in our lives that once held us so tightly will be washed away as waves of the Lord’s freeing forgiveness crash over us.

Lord, all I need to do when I have sinned is come before You. There is no sin deep enough to separate my repentant heart from You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 192). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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