Forgiven?

What is the greatest gift you could receive from God? It is to be forgiven for all the wrong things you have done. This is like having a heavy burden lifted from one’s life and being given fresh hope. It is like being set free from a feeling of being trapped in a cage. It is like being delivered from a dark pit and brought out into the warmth of the sunshine and the beauty of the day. What a liberating gift forgiveness is!

Guilt is a terrible weight to have to live with. It eats away at one so that life becomes a burden. It haunts a person whenever their wrongs are brought to mind as they think to themselves “If only I had not said what I said or did what I did, none of this would have happened. My life would not be in such a mess.” Many people live with guilt over wrong doing that led to a broken relationship or the loss of a job or some trouble with the law or some other immoral act. Some try to smother this sense of guilt by becoming religious or perhaps by trying to live it up by indulging in the pleasures of life. Yet despite the religious effort and the fun and laughter, their guilt remains eating away at their conscience and soul. Who can deliver a person from this burden of guilt?

What is the greatest gift you could receive from God? It is to be forgiven for all the wrong things you have done. This is like having a heavy burden lifted from one’s life and being given fresh hope. It is like being set free from a feeling of being trapped in a cage. It is like being delivered from a dark pit and brought out into the warmth of the sunshine and the beauty of the day. What a liberating gift forgiveness is!

Guilt is a terrible weight to have to live with. It eats away at one so that life becomes a burden. It haunts a person whenever their wrongs are brought to mind as they think to themselves “If only I had not said what I said or did what I did, none of this would have happened. My life would not be in such a mess.” Many people live with guilt over wrong doing that led to a broken relationship or the loss of a job or some trouble with the law or some other immoral act. Some try to smother this sense of guilt by becoming religious or perhaps by trying to live it up by indulging in the pleasures of life. Yet despite the religious effort and the fun and laughter, their guilt remains eating away at their conscience and soul. Who can deliver a person from this burden of guilt?

The Bible tells us that only God can take away our sin and guilt. To do this He needed to pay a great price. God the Father sent His Son into the world to pay for the sins this world is guilty of. Though Jesus was innocent of any sin and wrong doing, He willingly offered up His life on a Roman cross to pay for sin with His own blood. His death on the cross was no accident but part of God’s plan to provide forgiveness of sin and wrong doing. The fact that Jesus was raised from the dead proves that He is the Son of God and that salvation is found in Him alone. It is by believing in what God has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ that a person can be saved and given the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Have you received this gift of forgiveness and eternal life? If not, how can you find forgiveness for your sin and wrong doing? How can you be delivered from the guilt of sin and the fear of punishment before God?

Firstly, RECOGNISE what your sin deserves – God’s anger and punishment. Romans 6v23 “For the wages of sin is death…”

Secondly, KNOW that God is willing to forgive sin. He says in Isaiah 1v18 “Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson they shall become like wool.”

Thirdly, CONFESS your sin to God. In 1 John 1v9 we read “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Fourthly, TRUST in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only one who can take away your sin and commit your life to following Him in obedience to His commands. Acts 2v38 says “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”