A Message for Believers and Unbelievers Alike
There Is Complete Forgiveness; a message for believers and unbelievers alike.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature(or in the flesh) a slave to the law of sin.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 7:24 – 8:2 NIV)
Because we live in these bodies of flesh, we all too often fail in being the best we can be and as a result may be guilty of the sin of doing wrong against God or to another person, whether inadvertently or purposely. This may be due to a any number of feelings such as anger, jealousy, resentment or pride. Or it could just be a lack of consideration for another person’s feelings or thinking about how what we say and how we say it may affect others before we speak.
Even if others forgive us for the wrong, we committed against them they cannot take away our feelings of guilt and shame that often remain because we can’t forgive ourselves. Only a gracious and loving God can do that for us.
God has made a way for the help and healing for all through the sacrifice of His Son! So that we no longer have to be defined by our past but instead defined by our relationship with Christ.
I am a living example of His mercy, grace, forgiveness and healing because you see; Jesus Christ took all my sin and the sins of all mankind along with the guilt and shame on himself when he was nailed to the cross of Calvary, nailing it to the cross, paying the price for all my transgression (wrong doing) and for all of mankind. To receive His forgiveness and healing we need only come with a repentant heart surrendered and laid before Him, sins and all, and we can receive His forgiveness and His sacrifice which covers our sin, guilt and shame.
When I think of my past now, I am no longer defined by my past, no longer carrying guilt and shame. Instead, when I think of my past I am overwhelmed by the forgiveness, mercy and grace I have been given and receive daily. I rejoice in who I am in Christ, as Paul puts it, a new creation. My regrets have become stepping stones of learning and growing in my faith.
With Paul I say: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:12 – NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a](OR that person is a new creation) The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
Are you in need of God’s forgiveness?
Do you have a problem with forgiveness for yourself?
Is guilt or shame for something from your past that God has forgiven keeping you from growing in your faith?
Take heart God has promised:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” I John 1:9