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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 2, 2019

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TUESDAY, April 2

Romans 7:15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Long before diarist Anne Frank wrote, “The problem with me is I am two different people,” Paul wrestles with the very same dilemma. Paul wants to please God yet realizes the mental tug of war between flesh and spirit. Like Paul, we too share the struggle between knowing what is right and doing what is right.

As much as we desire our lives and prayers to be fragrant offerings for God, we frequently suffer a kind of spiritual paralysis. Our minds instruct our bodies to act, but our hearts are non-responsive. We fail. But God reminds us that grace is sufficient to save us, that we need not fear when we fall short—for it is out of our setbacks that we become fertile ground for transformation. We are works in progress, not works of perfection.

MOVING FORWARD: Where is your greatest struggle right now? How will you invite Jesus to speak grace into this part of your life?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mundri (South Sudan)

Ps 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95] | Jeremiah 17:19-27 | Romans 7:13-25 | John 6:16-27

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