CAN I BE FORGIVEN?
Romans 5:1-11 (8)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)
Due to human nature, we may have fallen to temptations at different times. The sin of lying, deception, covetousness, murder, witchcraft, fornication, gossiping and backbiting, among other tricks of the devil are common to man (Genesis 6:5, 12). However, the good news is that regardless of our past sins or downfall, we can be forgiven. Daniel 9:9 gives us an understanding that mercy and forgiveness belong to God, and He had sent His only son to rescue humanity from damnation (John 3:16).
An excellent example of Christ’s mission to forgive and redeem us was the parable of the Pharisee and the publican. Those eras, the publicans were regarded as touts because they were tax collectors. One day, the publican and the Pharisee went to pray—the publican prayed humbly for mercy while the Pharisee prayed loudly and condemning the other. In the end, the publican (sinner) was justified above the Pharisee. Similarly, in John 8:1-12, the woman caught in the act of adultery was liable to die by stoning. But because when a fellow encounters Jesus, the past does not count, she was set free (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Beloved, the key point of the matter is that no matter how massive your sins have been, Christ came purposely to reconcile you to the Father’s love as seen in our Bible reading. Have you any secret or common sin in your life? If any! The door of mercy is open for you today. If you repent and ask the Lord to forgive you, He shall blot out your errors and give you a new experience (1 John 1:9).
Hymn: Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling – Will L. Thompson (1880)
- Father, please forgive my sins and previous mistakes (confess), and give me a second chance!
- Father, cause me to thirst for righteousness always.
- Father, separate me from every distraction and negative influence in my walk with You.
- Holy Ghost, breathe on me and empower me to manifest and propagate the gospel.
- I receive the strength to forgive all offences done against me.
- Spend quality time to pray that the Lord would open your eyes to see and ears to hear clearly.
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