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May 13

Psalm 51, 1-2

Something to read

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
New King James Version

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Something to think about

In Psalms 51, we have what David wrote after he was guilty of adultery with Bathsheba. He provides an example of how one should confess his/her sins to God. He provides what I like to call "The Art Of Confessing Our Sins". The basis for forgiveness according to David is God’s loving kindness and tender mercies.

Something to do

How should one go about confessing their sins to God? From the example of David, a good place to begin is to appeal to God’s mercy and love. Sin is an offence to God. Agonise over your past sins and make a commitment today to decisively deal with all short comings by repenting to God.

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Something to pray

O God our most merciful Father, forgive us for our sins and negligence. Give us courage to acknowledge and confess our sins through Christ our Lord.

Today’s contributor is Father Emmanuel Chikoya who is involved with Christian Aid partner the Zambia Anglican Council's Cross Border Malaria prevention Initiative (CBMI). Father Chikoya chose the New King James Version for this series of readings.

 

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