Read Nahum 1:3, 6-7.
Although our God is caring and compassionate, holiness cannot tolerate wrongdoing and evil. They simply cannot coexist. God’s indignation at evil is consuming and complete.
God’s anger with us is assuaged in Christ Jesus, yet we still are asked to be holy because God is holy (see 1 Peter 1:16).
Is there anything in your life, past or present, that cannot dwell alongside God’s holiness? Is there anything for which you need to ask forgiveness?
As an act of confession, list your wrongdoings. Confess them to the Lord who “protects those who take refuge in him.”
Roll up that piece of paper, and throw it away or burn it. Experience the joy that comes from letting God cleanse you from all your sin.
-Meeting God Bible
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Reflect on the questions above. Share your thoughts.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
Psalm 130: 1-2, NRSV
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This week we remember Florence Nightingale (August 13).
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