Lent Day 4: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments; 10 but repays those who hate Him to their faces, to destroy them; He will not delay with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face. 11 Therefore, you shall keep the commandment and the statutes and the judgments which I am commanding you today, to do them. ~ Deuteronomy 7:6-11 (NASB)

Lord, we whom You have chosen to graft into the tree of Israel are so blessed. I know You are the one true God, the Almighty, the All-Powerful, omniscient and omnipresent. You always keep Your promises—I can trust You completely. You shower Your love upon me and show me grace and mercy. But You are also a just God, and You will not tolerate disobedience. You punish evil-doers, but if sinners repent and turn from their wicked ways, You will show grace and mercy. For the times I have failed to obey Your commands, Lord, I am truly penitent. I confess my failings and ask Your forgiveness and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to avoid those things in the future. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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