The Thought for the Week this week is written by Mandy Stinglehammer

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Obadiah 1, verse 3:

"The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee"

We so often find it hard to accept that God has forgiven us, but recently I saw this in a different way.  Instead of humility causing us to think we cannot be acceptable to God, it is actually pride.  We are so proud, so independent we find it hard to accept that we did not do something ourselves to earn our acceptance.  We are so used to striving to achieve something and then being proud of all our achievements.
Instead we have to bow low in humility before the throne of grace, and realise that our acceptance there is a wonderful, undeserved and unearned gift from a God who in Christ loves us unconditionally, intensely and for ever.