Friday, February 03, 2017

Future Peace for the Blameless (Psalm 37:37)

Today’s scripture: Psalm 37:37

Blameless? Hardly.

Upright? Uptight, maybe.

I look back on my life, and I’ve hardly been blameless and upright. Most of the time, I’ve been anything but these things. 

I’ve been sinful and rebellious and strong-willed.

I’ve been angry and bitter and unforgiving.

So, if I read this verse right, I shouldn’t be looking forward to a future of peace. And the opposite of peace is what? Despair? Worry? Sick-to-the-pit-of-my-stomach anxiety?

Is that what I have to look forward to?


No, I’m not blameless or upright, at least not in and of myself.

When I believed in Jesus and received His gift of salvation, a miracle occurred: I suddenly became blameless. Jesus died on the cross to wash away my sin, and I am blameless. He took all my sin on Himself, and God no longer blames me for anything I’ve done.

And because I know this, because I know of the price that Jesus paid to save me, to make me blameless, I choose to live an upright life.

I can look forward to that future of hope because—not by anything I’ve done—I am blameless and upright.

Do you still see yourself as facing blame? Do you still see yourself as not worthy of a future of peace? Remember that if you know Jesus, if you’ve asked Him to save you, you are blameless and you can live an upright life. Ask God for assurance of your blamelessness.

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