Missing Piece

I have a clock that stopped working, so I tried to fix it myself. I carefully replaced the springs and gears and put it back together. I wound it up and listened for the ticking sound to start. There was silence! I wondered what I had done wrong. Then I saw a gear that had rolled onto the floor. The clock would not work without that missing piece.
Our Bible verses today list some Christian qualities: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, patience, devotion to God, kindness and love. Every Christian should want to have these qualities. But sometimes we do not have these things. Verse 9 tells us that people who don’t have these blessings “have forgotten that they were cleansed from their past sins.”
My clock would not work without the missing piece. In the same way, my relationship with God will not be right until I remember that He has forgiven my sins. Think about God’s forgiveness today, and focus on being like Jesus.