Jesus, Our Righteousness!
“For he has made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5.21.
Nothing has hindered humankind’s relationship with God more than the sin of consciousness. It is why unbelievers believe their sins are too grievous to be forgiven by God. It’s why believers question their stand before God; if they are truly forgiven or affirmed, If they need to show penance for sins before they are forgiven. For some, it’s why they will hold back on the gifting of God in their life because somewhere in their minds, they still feel they are not worthy of all that God has done; but this ought not to be so.
Many scripture texts affirm the forgiveness God has given us, and you must be abreast of the same. For example, psalms 103:3,12 ‘Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our transgressions from us. This verse 3 reminds us that even when we make mistakes, God still loves and forgives us. He is always there for us, ready to forgive and forget our sins. No matter what we have done, God is always willing to forgive us and heal us.
Lamentations 3:22 says, “Because of the loving devotion of the LORD, we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail.”
Similarly, Psalm 103:12 also emphasized that God did not only forgive us but separate or remove our transgressions from us.” In other words, when we ask for forgiveness, God will not only forgive us but also forget our sins. He will remove them from us completely as if they never happened so we can have complete confidence in His forgiveness. Because our heavenly Father knew the consequences, no matter how big or small, our transgressions can leave us feeling guilty, ashamed, and feel heavy with a burden. But, thanks to the grace of God, we can be forgiven.
So, separating or removing our transgressions from us is known as justification (the act of guiltlessness and innocent in God’s eyes). However, to enjoy the forgiveness that God offers through justification, we must cooperate with His will by sanctifying ourselves. This process of sanctification comes through Christ-like behavior and is not complete until we are glorified in His presence. However, even though we are not yet complete, we can still experience the joy of being forgiven by God as we strive to live according to His will. So if you’re struggling with guilt and shame today, remember that you can be forgiven. Amen. Psalm 32:1 says, Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Amen.
Thank you, Jesus, for your grace and mercy. Oh Lord, I thank you that you do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Jesus, I am thankful for your love and mercy. Amen.