The Father Forgives!
“God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Some forces drive us apart, but forgiveness and reconciliation are not. Forgiveness is a way of life that helps us rise above the toxic waste of anger, bitterness, fear, poverty, and loneliness. We can forgive others without any guilt or shame. Forgiveness has many rewards to the offendee and offender.
When I was seven years old, I broke my father’s favorite mug before going to school. He had gone to work at that time. So, I was tensed throughout the day. I performed poorly in school and was so reserved due to the punishment that awaits me at home. When my dad arrived from work, I did everything obediently and patiently. After his meal, I reported to him that I broke his mug; my dad looked at me with a smile and replied, “You are Forgiven, my son.”
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
There are times, you fall into one shortcoming or another, and in your heart, you think God cannot forgive you anymore. So you keep on carrying guilt, condemnation, and sorrow in your heart. Like I was feeling at that age when I broke my father’s favorite mug. But really, know that there is a father that loves and forgives just as my father did. God is not angry. He desires a humble heart.
Jesus has paid the price for our sins at the cross of Calvary. At the cross, God demonstrated the fullness of His justice and mercy toward your past, present, and future sins on His only-begotten Son, so that we can become righteous of God. So quit that self-condemnation, talk to Jesus today, and be set free. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”
1. Thank You, Father, for Your Love and Mercy towards me through Christ Jesus.
2. Psalm 103:10; We are thankful for your grace, oh Lord, because you never deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.