Woman on Beach by Jirl Hodan
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
God Forgives, God Forgets
“Never let the sin in others or the sin in yourself defeat you.”
God does not cause evil. Man chooses evil.
When man chooses sin, it forces God to withdraw his hand of Protection and Blessing.
God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Ancient of Days, is all Holy. He abhors sin and cannot allow it in his presence. Darkness exists not in Light.
The creature man by his failures never needs to despair his relationship with God. God forgives because God loves.
No man whatever his earthly position can claim to be sinless before God or mankind.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8 NKJV).
“Never let the sin in others or the sin in yourself defeat you,” said Ruth Carter Stapleton, inner healing evangelist. All my life, in many situations, her advice has echoed through the chambers of my soul.
In depravity, man's sin is an invitation for Satan and his demons to enter, reign, and cause havoc.
"The thief does not come except to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10 NKJV).
Therefore, out of his Great Love, God sent his Son to save Mankind, to give him the choice of heavenly life.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NKJV).
Thru Jesus, we are bought, paid for, ransomed and redeemed by his Blood shed on the Cross. As the all Holy Son of God, Jesus is the perfect absolute sacrifice. Otherwise, there is no purpose for his crucifixion.
“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1Jo 3:8 NKJV).
The Savior calls us to earnestly repent of our sins throughout the gospels and writings of the New Testament.
"I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Lu 13:3 NKJV).
How quickly and how many times a day does God forgive us?
Jesus said to him (Peter), "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Mt 18:21 NKJV).
When we repent, Jesus forgives our sins and blesses us.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies (Psalm 103: 2-4 NKJV).
When we repent, the Lord, out of his Perfect Love and Mercy, removes our sins completely away.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103:10-14 NKJV).
God forgives perfectly, so it follows he forgets perfectly.
"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NKJV).
What do we owe this all Holy, all Loving, all Just, all Merciful God?
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.
"And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30-31 NKJV).
No one who repents and turns to Jesus, the Son of God, can doubt forgiveness. The Savior paid a very expensive price on the cross to redeem all our sins. Repent.
– Bill Hunt
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