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The joy of being forgiven
To the question “What is sin?” and “How adversely does it affect us?”, probably there is no single answer today. Instead of fitting self in to the correct path and do a self-assessment men have chosen to tailor the paths as per their own comfort and defined a pseudo heaven for self, instead of following the mirror(the Word of God (James 1:23)) to correct self, men have designed their own code of conduct which acclaims right their wrongs.
The Pharisees blinded by their own self-righteousness ask this to Jesus..
“Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”
James 9:40 NKJV
I remember when in one my previous companies I had an annual assessment and the question that was asked to me was “How do you think you need to improve on in your work place?” and I answered, “I think, since no issues are reported, I am perfect” and that worked against me, for the management is always looking for people who are willing to learn and improve.
This is how Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ query:
“Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.”
John 9:41 NKJV
The undeniable fact of humanity is this…
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
Often by who we are and what we have done, we have displeased our Creator and thus we need forgiveness and need to reconcile with God.
We would be able to make a right assessment of ourselves by assessing ourselves in prayer and through the Word of God.
“True repentance begins with KNOWLEDGE of sin. It goes on to work SORROW for sin. It leads to CONFESSION of sin before God. It shows itself before a person by a thorough BREAKING OFF from sin. It results in producing a DEEP HATRED for all sin.”
Only through true repentance can we receive the forgiveness from God and freedom from sin and there’s no greater joy than being forgiven.
No one knows better the preciousness of forgiveness that the one who is known as a ‘man according to God’s own heart”-King David, and this is how he expresses his joy in being forgiven:
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
Psalms 32:1-7 NKJV
It might be the trend of time ‘we are good without God’, however the reality is that, ‘we are doomed without God.’
There’s no greater joy than being forgiven and being reconciled with God, for there’s no better Friend than He Who made us and loves us the best.
God’s makes an open offer to all:
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
He is waiting to forgive, are we desiring to be forgiven?
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