Thomasville Times Enterprise

Faith & values

May 22, 2014

You’re forgiven

— One of the comforting attributes of God is his willingness to forgive. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the lives of all mankind. We are born with a sin nature. We spend our lives dealing with temptation and battling the assaults of Satan on our being.

The result of our struggles is experiencing the pain of guilt and remorse. Many people go through life with the weight of unforgiven sin on their conscience. King David knew the agony of grief for his sinfulness. Who, among us, has not had moments, if not hours and days of such soul pain. David’s cry for help was, “out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord” (Psalm 130:3)

The simple truth of God’s word, the Bible, is the good news that God forgives. His forgiveness is absolute and complete. Even though David had committed heinous and horrible sins, he found forgiveness through God’s grace and love. His prayer was, “create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

In the New Testament, John, Jesus’ beloved apostle, expressed this timeless truth, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

Yes, to some extent, we are all like the prodigal son, who sought to live his life outside the will of his father.

The glorious and wonderful truth of this parable is that when the son returned, his father did not look at him with condemnation and contempt. He hugged him and kissed him and welcomed his son home with absolute and total forgiveness.

God is still in the business of forgiving and waits with open arms to lift us out of the depths of rebellion to the joy of God’s love and mercy.

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