Acts 2:37-42

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Geneva Freels.  Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.

 

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  Acts 2:37-42

 

When I read this scripture, I was again overwhelmed with God’s love and generosity of providing a means by which we can be forgiven of our sins and gain everlasting life with him. Only though his grace and Jesus’ sacrifice can we be forgiven of our sins.

 

When I ask God to forgive my sins, it reminds me I must also know what God expects of me to lead a Godly life. I know I must study the Bible, follow the Ten Commandments, and observe the sacraments. But even when I try to lead a Christian life, I will fall short of my goal.

 

I know we sin on our thoughts, words, and deeds.  I cannot free myself from sin so I must repeatedly ask for God’s forgiveness.

 

When I truly meditate on these verses, it fills my heart with praise and thanksgiving. Personally, I am so grateful that God forgives my sins that I am inspired to do his his will.

 

Let us pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of forgiveness. What an awesome gift bestowed upon all generations. Help us to enlighten those who feel they have no hope that God loves them and forgives their sins. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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