Devotion for the Fifth Day of Christmas

Nativity-window_DeepGreenIsaiah 57:15 (NASB)
15 For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.

The high and exalted One—the God of the Universe—dwells in a high and lofty place, but He wants us there with Him if we are contrite and lowly of spirit. We live in an age when we are expected to tolerate not only people of all every belief and lifestyle, we are expected to tolerate those lifestyles even when we know they are abominations to God. Instead of being contrite for their evil ways, people are proud of their sinful lifestyles. Let us not be among those who are unrepentant. We are all sinners, but let us be contrite sinners, lowly in spirit, repentant, and humble. Then we will know that one day we will dwell with the Lord in that high and lofty place.

Heavenly Father, make us aware of the depths of our sinfulness and fill our hearts with repentance and contrition for everything we have ever done to grieve You. We look forward to the day we will dwell with You in Heaven. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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