"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." – 1 John 1:9

"But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sin." – 1 John 1:7

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Psalm 51 is David’s confession of sin after he had taken Bathsheba and had Uriah killed.  He asked God for mercy and to be washed clean so that he would be whiter than snow.  David asked that God create in him a clean heart and put a right spirit within him.  David was restored to the joy of the salvation of the Lord.

God works in us to love one another and make peace so He can create a new clean heart in us.  He also says "Blessed are the peacemakers." The familiar song says, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.  It is hard to confront another person, especially if we feel wronged, but it is the right thing to do. Jesus directed us to do the hard things sometimes.  Then we can teach transgressors the way of the Lord and work to help sinners return to Him.

As parents and Christians, we raise our children in the way that they should go.  They are prone to rebel and need to turn back (repent).  We seek to help them live the life the Lord would have them live.

In these recent times, our country is hurting.  It is so drenched in materialism, division, sexual sin, etc. Most people in the country are not committed Christians.  We need a revival. There are so many ills in our country.  I have memorized this verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” It starts with the body of Christ.  We must heed that message and be on our knees for this country.

Lord. we appeal to you to be the peacemakers you would have us be.  Help us to walk in your light, turn from our wicked ways so that you can heal our land. We pray for revival in our nation.  Help us to be your witnesses in what we say and do. In Jesus name, Amen.

About Mary Petrilla
Mary Petrilla is a faithful member of the Chancel Choir