At prayer today, I was thinking of my own misery and sins. But then I was thinking about the Saints who also felt their misery and sins very deeply. But the difference with the Saints was that they knew their need for God. They depended on God totally because of their misery.
One of the ways I can realise more my own misery and my need for God, is by meditating on the Passion of Christ. By meditating daily on the wounds of Christ I can begin to see my sins, and what they did to Jesus and how much I need Him to help me to overcome my sins. He suffered for me, was struck because of me, was scourged because of my sins, was rejected because of my sins, had nails driven deeply into His hands and feet because of my sins, He bled for me on the cross, He forgave and He died for me......all this out of love for me. He is my Redeemer, He overcame sin and death....and by His wounds I can be healed.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God have mercy on me a sinner....