The Gift of Forgiveness

If you’ve ever had the sense that there have been too many mistakes and so many wrong roads taken that a life with God is now out of reach, you’re not alone. The truth is that even the people who act like they have it all together have some broken places hiding beneath the surface. If you’re reading this and you have come to a place where you know that the only path forward is to find a connection with God, then there is good news. Through Jesus Christ you can experience the gift of forgiveness.

While we can forgive one another for offenses and hurts, only Jesus can wash away the sins of our past, present and future. The biggest obstacle some people face is really believing that God wants to forgive them. Do some of your sins seem unforgivable? Every page of the Bible tells the true story that God knows us better than anyone and desires to forgive us of every sin we can remember, and the ones we cannot.

“God loves us as we are…not as we ought to be. Because we are never going to be as we ought to be.” ~ Brennan Manning

Faith begins when we believe God even though we  cannot see Him. We believe Him as we read his word, the Bible. We trust that Jesus the Son of God lived on this earth, died on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead. He went to be with the Father and is now reigning in His kingdom – the collection of all those who trust in Him.

There are no real outsiders – the door is open to anyone who would like to be a part of His Family…the community of faith. Visible expressions of our faith include repentance – a turning away from sinful practices and a decision to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Part of that decision is immersion in water, baptism.

Peter was a fisherman who became a disciple. He was an outspoken and powerful witness for Jesus. He was also a failure who denied Jesus at an important moment. In spite of his great sin, Jesus forgave him. I don’t know what you’ve done in your life, but even if you have denied who Jesus is – there is forgiveness. In one of his first sermons he spoke before some of those who had called out for the crucifixion of Jesus. Listen to what Peter said to some of these ‘sinners’:

God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call. (Acts 2:36-39)

Did you see what Peter said about forgiveness? When people who had made a crushing mistake were broken hearted about what they had done, Peter told them they could be forgiven. He instructed them to turn away from their sin and to be baptized ‘for the forgiveness’ of their sins. The Holy Spirit would then be a gift they would receive. Don’t miss that last sentence – that promise is even for us today.

When we trust in Jesus we will follow wherever He calls. Do you feel the call today to be immersed into Jesus Christ? He desires to take all the wrong roads, all the mistakes – no matter how tragic – and wash them all way through forgiveness.

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” – G. K. Chesterton

Maybe you’ve already said a prayer asking Jesus to help you with the sin problem in your life. That’s a great start. As a disciple (student or follower) of Jesus I encourage you to follow through with the initial expressions of faith that have great meaning.

Here are some further Scriptures about baptism and discipleship to read and consider. Look them up in your own Bible and mark them for later contemplation.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. (Acts 22:16)

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Romans 6:3-5)

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-27)

Thanks for taking the time to think about how God desires to forgive every sin, help you grow, and give you a new life. If we can assist you further please do not hesitate to get in touch. There is a contact form below if you’d like to get in touch.

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