For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering,
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:16-17 (ESV)
So many people – believers and unbelievers alike – have it in their heads that God is looking for works of the flesh. That, when we do something against His Word, He requires us to do something to abase ourselves so that He can forgive us.
God does not require anything of us, but our humility and our contrition. Jesus already paid the price of the flesh. Why would we try to do anything more? We can’t do anything more.
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 50-52; Acts 27:1-25