Today’s Verse, 2 Peter 1:9

Friday, August 18, 2017

For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

2 Peter 1:9

Reflections on Today’s Verse

Famous English pastor and preacher of the mid-20th century, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, said: “If we only spent more of our time in looking at Him we should soon forget ourselves.”

Isn’t that the truth? There is no worse form of amnesia than forgetting the gospel. It’d be better to forget your own name than the gospel (1 Cor. 9).

Yet, those who are ineffective and unfruitful in their faith, according to Peter, have done just that. They had forgotten how much they had sinned, what Jesus did for them in the Gospel, and how much it cost Him.

God doesn’t literally forget our sins. Amnesia isn’t involved—grace is. He chooses not to remember our sins against us. This is why the psalmist wrote: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget NONE of His benefits” (Psalm 103:2).

Though you forget where you parked your car; left your cell phone, or even your own name, don’t forget the gospel today. To forget that we are sinners upon whom God has lavished great grace in Jesus, in the essence of insanity. In a world in which dementia and Alzheimer’s are increasing, and gospel-amnesia abounds, take heart, God will NEVER forget us Remembering this is the only way to live for God’s glory!

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Today’s Prayer

Father, you are my loving Master, not my private masseur. Forgive me when I forget the first, and demand the second. Forgive me when I have gospel forgetfulness. Jesus, ONLY your love is better than life. Never let us forget this, lest we look to people to give us what you ALONE can provide. In your name – Jesus’ name – amen.

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