Monday, December 26, 2016

Lloyd: the need to be forgiven

Monday, December 26, 2016
    Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr
    But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.
    —Romans 4:5-8 (Message)
    If Christianity is what Jesus taught and lived and died for, then nothing can be truly the Gospel which lays less stress than he did upon every human being’s need of forgiveness by God, and upon our human need to be perpetually forgiving each other... Sooner or later, the modern adult man, like all other men everywhere, must come to know his need to be forgiven, and that by God.
    ... Roger Lloyd (1901-1966), The Ferment in the Church, London: SCM Press, 1964, p. 120-121 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 4:5-8; Ps. 32:1-2; 51:8-9; 85:2; Jer. 33:8; Mic. 7:18-20; Matt. 6:12,14-15; 9:2; 18:21-22; Luke 7:47-50; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 3:13
Quiet time reflection:
    I do not reject my sins strongly enough. Lord, lead me to deeper repentance.
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