Saturday, October 01, 2005

CQOD: 10/08/05 -- Lloyd: the need to be forgiven

Christian Quotation of the Day

October 8, 2005
    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.
    David confirms this way of looking at it, saying that the one who trusts God to do the putting-everything-right without insisting on having a say in it is one fortunate man:
        Fortunate those whose crimes are carted off,
            whose sins are wiped clean from the slate.
        Fortunate the person against
            whom the Lord does not keep score.
    — 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 (b.1901), The Ferment in the Church [1964]

Quiet time reflection:
    I do not reject my sins strongly enough. Lord, lead me to deeper repentance.

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