Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness


Kissing The Feet Of Jesus

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Luke 7:36-50.


Coming Clean

God is not shocked by your sin. When you confess the fact that you are a sinner, God, in His great mercy and grace, forgives you. All we are doing is agreeing with God’s assessment of the situation.  God knows that we are sinners. To confess our sins is just to agree with what God already knows. John wrote:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10 (NIV)

God is faithful to forgive our many sins when we own up to the reality of our situation. If we stubbornly refuse to acknowledge our sin and insist that we’re “good people,” God will not forgive us. So confess your sinfulness to God today. He will neither be shocked nor surprised. He already knows what you’ve done and He’s ready to forgive you.

Love And Hate

Solomon wrote about the difference between love and hate in Proverbs 10. He said:

Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

The Apostle Peter wrote something similar in his first letter:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

I pray that we can someday get it right. Hate doesn’t change anyone. You cannot hate someone into God’s Kingdom. We should be loving people – all people – into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Hating people who are different than you never works. Hating people who hurt you makes you bitter and resentful. Only the love of God coming through His people can transform this world. God’s love sent Jesus to the cross and it covers our sins. When we truly love people the way that Jesus loves us, we can forgive offenses against us. If God can forgive us for all that we’ve done because of His great love, then we can love and forgive other people who have offended us. It’s not our job to hate anyone. It’s our job to spread God’s love to everyone.

The Lord Sees Your Ways

Solomon writes to his son to warn him about adultery in Proverbs 5. At the end of the chapter, Solomon says:

For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
    and he examines all your paths.

22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.

23 For lack of discipline they will die,
    led astray by their own great folly. – Proverbs 5:21-23 (NIV)

God sees everything we do. He is our Maker and our Judge. He knows everything we’ve ever done. Those who reject Him will be ensnared by their evil deeds and will suffer the consequences. Do you ever feel like you just can’t get it right and that you don’t understand why you keep doing the same things over and over and over again? Examine your relationship with God. The good news is that despite our many sins, God still loves us and He is willing to forgive us and set us free. Will you turn to Him in faith and repentance and find that freedom? You can’t change by your own power. You need help and God is willing to help you. Turn to Him today and find the help you need.

Confession And Mercy

The Proverbs are full of tidbits of advice. They’re not necessarily guarantees, but rather, they are general principles on which you can generally rely. In Proverbs 28, it says:

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. – Proverbs 28:13-14 (NIV)

Our spiritual lives are not to be compartmentalized away from the rest of our lives. When we sin and try to hide it, it affects the other areas of our lives. The principle is that God will not bless His people when we sin and try to hide it or we refuse to acknowledge it. When we admit our sin, God is merciful and forgiving. The important thing to realize is that mercy is better than prosperity. Mercy is eternal while prosperity will only be temporary. So tremble before the Lord and do not harden your heart. Turn to Him in repentance and find mercy as you confess your sins to Him.

Drawing Near To God

We don’t have to be afraid to approach God just as we are. God is holy and we do not deserve to come into His presence as wretched sinners. Yet, we see in James 4 that we can come near to God and He will not reject us, but rather He will draw near to us. James wrote:

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. – James 4:8-10 (NIV)

The key to approaching God is humility. We have to humble ourselves before the Lord. Instead of puffing ourselves up with pride, we come humbly before Him. We need to recapture an awareness of the majesty and holiness of God. We need to remember who God truly is and who we really are. We are sinners who deserve death and wrath, but God, in His great love and grace, forgives our sins and gives us the gift of eternal life. Praise be to His holy name!

Breaking The Law

We sometimes believe that sin is not really all that bad. We’ll attach greater weight to some sins more than others. While some sins have greater consequences than others, they’re all the same and Jesus had to die for them all. James wrote:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. – James 2:10-11 (NIV)

Sin is a big deal. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross. Unforgiven sin sends people to hell. Sin is no laughing matter. Whether you commit one sin in your entire life or 10,000 sins in a week, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment and to pay the penalty for all of our many sins once and for all. Put your faith and trust in Him to forgive your many sins and by the grace of God, He will.

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