Advent 2015 – Day 5 – Hope in the Morning

Advent candle 1Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail.  They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23

So how did you do yesterday?  Anything you regret?  Something you wish you hadn’t said or done?  Maybe there was something you should have done that you didn’t?  Or were you able to pull off a perfect day?  If you did, you are the rare exception to the human rule.  Every one of us makes mistakes.  We all stumble and fall every day.  We all sin – in our actions, our words, our thoughts, and attitudes.  If we sin every day, what do we do with all that baggage?  That’s a heavy, hopeless load to drag around from day to day.

Here is some good news: if you are a believer in Christ, God offers you the hope of a fresh new day – every day!  Our key verse says that God’s mercy is new—every day.  As you greet the sunrise in the morning you do so with a clean slate.  God doesn’t judge you today based on your actions yesterday.  He doesn’t hold the mistakes of the past over your head.  And He doesn’t want you to either.  Because Jesus Christ paid the price for all of your sins, you can face each day knowing that God’s love, mercy and goodness toward you is fully stocked and there is a never-ending supply.  Greet the morning with a renewed hope, you’ve been given a fresh new day!

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