Today's Verse: Psalm 103:12

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
— Psalm 103:12
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Now that's a long way — from the sun's rising to the sun's setting, that's how far God has removed our sins. But the keyword is removed. When we sin and come to God in repentance, God not only forgives our sins; he also purifies us of ALL unrighteousness. What was unholy in me is made righteous in him. What was impure is now clean. What was stained is spotless.
How is this possible? God gives us grace in Jesus![1]
We can now see more fully what the Psalmist could have only known in part. God doesn't see our sins but Jesus' sacrifice. Jesus' blood purifies and cleanses us! Our sin is gone, and we are clean.

[1] Paul describes our new identity, in Christ, in Colossians 1:22: But now [God] has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation...

My Prayer...

Father of mercies, thank you for forgiving my sins and removing them. I thank you that I can stand before you holy and without fault because of the blood of Jesus and your gracious desire to forgive me. I now ask, Righteous Father, that you strengthen me with your Holy Spirit so that my conduct will reflect your estimate of me in Jesus. I pray in the name of Christ Jesus, your Son, and my Savior. Amen.

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Illustration of Psalm 103:12 — As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.