The word for this week is 'FORGIVENESS'.
It's a word that most are aware of but may not have considered the full impact of on a personal level.
Forgiveness is a determined act to release someone of a debt that's impossible to repay.
Forgiveness is often more often desired than demonstrated. Should forgiveness be withheld, the burden of being held captive by the past weighs heavily on the present. If not addressed, the future will be filtered through uncertainty that at times can be overwhelming.
Pastor Chris Dixon, Liberty Baptist Church in Dublin, GA. offers this insight on forgiveness-----
"We live in a world where people struggle daily with regrets, shame, and guilt. We would be embarrassed to share with others the sins we have committed. But we can be completely forgiven of all of that."
Romans 3:22 says, 'We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.' (NLT)
Dixon continues, 'It doesn't matter who you are. It doesn't matter what you've done, whom you've done it with, how long you did it, or where you did it--you can be saved. You can be forgiven. Everything is forgiven when you place your trust in Jesus Christ.'"
Good news, indeed!
Under the Old Covenant, God is seen as holy, just and unapproachable. "But God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
We should be more mindful and thankful there is a 'BUT GOD' in the New Covenant. A covenant established by the blood of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, God remains holy and just but He is no longer unapproachable. We who believe have access through Jesus because everything has been forgiven as we deny ourselves and trust Him. Everything!
The payment has been fully satisfied! The debt is settled! The stain of sin and the guilt associated with it removed entirely and eternally in Christ! Free at last!
Forgiveness frees the fetters of uncertainty that fastened the prisoner to their past.
There's no better way to live. Therefore, "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and you
r minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
May the Lord bless you exceedingly abundantly according to your faith this week.
1 Corinthians 15:58