Thursday, April 26, 2012

Have you forgiven you?

“Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.” -Thomas Paine

If you confess your sin and repent, God forgives you.  Have you forgiven you?  How you answer is indicative of your understanding of God: He’s either compassionate or cruel.  Not both.  Your answer will also affect whether or not you forgive those who have trespassed against you. 

Jesus told an angry mob, He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone... (John 8:7).  Not one person cast stones.  The law sentenced the adulteress women to death, but God gave her grace.  He simply said, Go now and leave your life of sin (John 8:11).  

Some at church may look down on you, so-called friends may no longer answer your phone calls, family may have shunned you—but there is no condemnation in Christ!

God doesn’t want you living defeated by the guilt and shame of a dark past: God wants you living victorious in the light of His mercy and grace. The person you used to be isn’t who you are now.  You have a new life in Jesus.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV). 

If you can first forgive yourself, you can likewise forgive others.  

Forgive yourself.

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