Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 5:1-21; Matthew 8:18-34

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. (Psalm 86:5 from the Introit for Trinity 16)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Another week gone by. Another week of loving ourselves more than God and more than our neighbor. Another week of putting ourselves first. Another week of sins and another week of even good works that we thought were good but were tainted with selfishness and sin. Cheery thoughts!

But tomorrow it’s not sins and gloom. Tomorrow it’s abundant mercy. Tomorrow it’s calling on God and rejoicing in His forgiveness. Tomorrow we don’t come before the Lord as prisoners walking to their executions—all gloom and doom. No, tomorrow we come before the Lord because He is good and ready to forgive!

There’s no doubt there. It will all be laid out in the liturgy and the preaching and in the gifts! The Lord is good and ready to forgive, because His Son has gone to the cross and has risen from the dead. The Lord is good and ready to forgive, because you are His own by water and the Word. The Lord is good and ready to forgive because your pastor has been put there to speak those words. The Lord is good and ready to forgive, because you have been gifted with the Lord’s Body and Blood which does exactly that: forgives you your sins!

The Lord being “abundant in mercy” means He’s got more forgiveness than you have sins! You can’t out-sin the Lord’s grace and mercy in Jesus! Every sin—big, little, known, unknown—has been wiped out by your Savior, Jesus.

When the Lord brings you to His house tomorrow, go with a smile on your face! After all, He’s bringing you there, not to scold you and berate you but to forgive you, comfort you, and pour out His abundant mercy on you. All because of Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

How high the love of Christ! Beyond all thought it soars, And yet upon our passing lives Unmeasured mercy pours. (How Wide the Love of Christ, LSB 535:3)

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