August 1 - Seeing Through God's Eyes

By Clancy P. Hayes

Today's Scripture: Psalm 25:1-15

Central Thought: God sees you through eyes of love.

    I recently heard a Brigadier General share his testimony of how God had transformed his life. He grew up tough. During his teenage years he spent most of his time fighting. Even in the early years of his military career he expressed his anger and outrage through acts of violence. Then one day he decided to go to church to find women but instead found Christ.

    As I sat listening to the testimony I wondered how a person escapes that type of past. I wondered how he could reverse the evils that he did before he met Christ. Then I remembered the words of the Psalmist: 'Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD” (Psalm 25:7, NIV).

    Are you ever haunted by the sins of your past? Do you secretly feel unworthy to be in the presence of those who seem to have it all together spiritually?

    God has chosen to forget your past and see you through His lenses of love. He sees you as acceptable and worthy. Don't allow Satan to convince you that you are worthless. Nothing you have ever done will separate you from Christ if you have asked His forgiveness. Begin to see yourself as God sees you and be set free from the bondage of your past.

Devotional Prayer: God help me to forgive myself for past sins and to experience freedom in You.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 30:1-31:21; Romans 15:1-22; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 20:13-15