Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness


God Showed Us His Love

God does more than watch us from a distance. God takes more than just a casual interest in our lives and in our world. God intensely loves the world with all of His heart. Why? For the same reasons that a father and mother love their children – He made us. So when humanity sinned against God and broke the intimacy we had with Him, God made a way back to Him because He loves us so much. John wrote:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. – 1 John 4:9 (NIV)

We were destined to die and be separated from God for eternity. But God showed us His love by sending Jesus to give us the opportunity to live with Him forever. He did more than say, “I love you, world.” He demonstrated the fact that He loves us and it cost Him dearly. God is love and His love is expressed in more than words. He loved us by sending Jesus. How can we love Him in return? By loving others in His name.

He Came To Take Away Our Sin

Jesus never sinned in any way. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true! John wrote:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. – 1 John 3:4-5 (NIV)

Since Jesus never sinned, He was able to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sin of the world. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus came to take away our sin and to make us right with God. Since Jesus died for our sins, we are free from the consequences of our sin and lawlessness. We no longer stand condemned because of our sin, but instead, Jesus has set us free and we are free indeed. Live in that freedom today knowing that you have been forgiven.

God’s Children

Is everyone a child of God? Are we really all God’s children? The Apostle John seems to be saying that the answer is no. He wrote:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

There is a difference between God’s children and the world. God loves the world, but He calls those who know Him His children. Those who have trusted Jesus for forgiveness have been adopted into the family of God and have been made children of God. This is only made possible by the love of God that we have had lavished upon us. God is not stingy with His love. He does not withhold it from anyone who wants to receive it. What are you waiting for? Receive the love of the Father and be an orphan no longer. Let Him adopt you into His family by grace through faith in Jesus.

Complete Love

How do you know that you really love God? I mean really love God. It is when we obey His Word.

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. – 1 John 2:5-6 (NIV)

To know and love God is to obey Him. As John says, this is how we know that we are abiding in Him. Our obedience to His word will increase and our sinfulness will decrease. Will we ever be sinless? Hardly. But our lives will be characterized less by sin and more by obedience to God’s Word. We will look more like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive others. That’s what Jesus did and what we need to be doing, too. Not as a way of earning God’s favor, but as a grateful response to the favor and grace He’s already given to us.

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.

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