God’s Forgiveness, Mercy, and Grace (1)
God cares about you too much to leave you in any doubt about His love. The Bible says His ‘perfect love expels all fear’.
If God loved us with an imperfect love, we’d have cause to worry. Human love is flawed; it keeps a checklist of our sins and shortcomings—and it consults this checklist often too! God keeps no such list. His love casts out our fear because it casts out our guilt. John writes, ‘…if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart…’ (1 John 3:20 NKJV).
When you feel unforgiven, question your feelings but don’t question God. Go back to His Word; it outranks self-criticism and self-doubt. Nothing fosters confidence like a clear grasp of God’s grace, and nothing fosters fear like ignorance of it. The fact is if you haven’t accepted God’s grace, you’re doomed to live in fear. No pill, pep talk, psychiatrist, or earthly possession can put your mind at ease. Those things may help numb your fear, but they can’t eradicate it. Only God’s grace can do that.
Have you accepted Christ’s forgiveness?
If not, get down on your knees and do it now. The Bible says, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us…and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ (1 John 1:9). The place of confession is also the place of cleansing and restored confidence towards God.
Your prayer can be as simple as this: ‘Lord, I admit I’ve turned away from You. Please forgive me. I place my soul in Your hands and my trust in Your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.’ Now, having received God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace—live like it!
‘…perfect love expels all fear…’ 1 John 4:18 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Luke 5:32; 7:36-47
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. A woman of the city, who was a sinner, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, & standing behind Jesus at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears & wipe them with the hair of her hand & kiss His feet & anointed them with the ointment. Jesus said, “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, & the other 50. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Jesus said, “Do you see this woman? She has wet my feet with her tears & wiped them with her hair. You gave Me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss My feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed My feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven for she loved much! But he who is forgiven little, loves little.
How much have you been forgiven? How much do you love Jesus?