Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday of Lent 4

Monday of Lent 4, March 12, 2018                     Micah 7:7-9

Sincere repentance expresses willingness to bear punishment for sin. The Judge determines what is best for the sinner. The confession “I have sinned” is similar to David’s confession and that of the prodigal son (See Psalm 51; Luke 15:2) God has challenged His people to plead their case. Now they look to Him to plead their cause. God will lead His people out of captivity.  1

Furthermore, it is taught that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sin and righteousness before God through our merit, work, or satisfactions, but that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God out of grace for Christ’s sake through faith when we believe that Christ has suffered for us and that for His sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness and eternal life are given to us. (Augsburg Confession, Article IV)

Hymn: Jesus, in Your Dying Woes (Lutheran Service Book 447:11)
When we seem in vain to pray
And our hope seems far away, 
In the darkness be our stay:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

O Lord our God, in Your Holy Sacraments you have given us a foretaste of the good things of Your kingdom: Direct us, we pray, in the way that leads to eternal life, that we may come to appear before You in that place of light where You dwell forever with Your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen 2

1.Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Lou
2.Collect for Monday of Lent 4,

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