“Forget the Wrong” ( Proverbs 17:9 WYC ) by Carley Evans


He that covereth trespass, seeketh friendships; he that rehearseth by an high word (but he who remembereth a wrong), separateth them that (should) be knit together in peace. 

Convicting verse, for sure. How do you point out wrongdoing so that it is not repeated without remembering the wrong? Or are you called to deal with the wrong directly with that individual and then cover it so that others will not know and hold that against that person? And perhaps you are asked to not hold a grudge and seek damage of the one who damaged you? 

When Christians speak of avoiding sin, this verse — to me — reveals the sin that requires diligent avoidance! Some call this a little sin named “gossip.” God calls it hatred and a twisted desire for conflict between others.

“Paid In Full” (Habakkuk 1: 13, HCSB) by Carley Evans


O Lord,”Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.”

Hence, Your Son Jesus comes to live on earth, and die on a cross to save us from Your wrath. Without Jesus’ sacrifice, You are too pure to accept us for we are evil, committing wrongdoing.

Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, how many times can my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” (Matthew 18: 21) Jesus says to Peter that he must forgive his brother an infinite number of times, even if this brother commits the same sin over and over and over again.

You, O God forgive us in the same manner — an infinite number of times because our sins — our debts against your glory — are paid in full by the blood of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ.

O God, let us be grateful as David is grateful. Let us sing praise to Your Name, and give You all the glory. Amen.

“Our Only Prayer” (Psalm 51: 12, ESV) by Carley Evans


David sings a request to God. He asks God, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” When does David misplace this joy? David has committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he is keenly aware of his transgressions, saying, “And my sin is ever before me.” (Psalm 51: 3) David is weighed down with wrongdoing. “Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight.” (Psalm 51: 4)

If only we felt this as keenly as David. If our sins against others became sins against God, and God only; then we might turn from them quickly and back to Him even faster.

David says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51: 5)
David finds no escape from sin. He knows that God is “justified in [His] words and blameless in [His] judgment.” (Psalm 51: 4)

The only answer for David is to ask God: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51: 7)

He begs, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51: 10)

How is it that we think we are different from David? What makes us believe that we are capable of creating clean hearts of our filthy ones or that we are able to renew our distorted spirits under our own power?

God requires of us “a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, [He] will not despise.” (Psalm 51: 17)
Notice that David asks God, “Uphold me with a willing spirit.” Even our willingness comes from God’s hand. (Psalm 51: 12)

Finally, our only prayer is: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51: 1)