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conceals their sins does not prosper, but
the one who confesses
and renounces them finds mercy.
"..Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
When they kept
on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you
who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” - John 8: 6-7
on to your sins and waiting for
tomorrow? Afraid to cross that bridge
to reach God's forgiveness? Think
about this: When we sin, know that our
sins show the temporary, sinful darkness
of our souls.
when we hold those sins close to our
heart, it is like a wound that does not
heal and no earthly salve can restore
the peace of knowing that you
are in God's grace and are forgiven.
King David who was known as a man after
God's own heart. But David
succumbed to sin just as we do. He stole
Bathsheba, the wife
of one of his most loyal soldiers,
conceived a child by her and covering
his deceit, killed the husband. But
David turned back to God and begged for
forgiveness. His prayer is written in
the Bible in Psalm 51:1-12.
Here is a part of that prayer:
"O loving and kind God, have mercy. Have pity upon me and take away
the awful stain of my transgressions. Oh, wash me, cleanse me from
this guilt. Let me be pure again. For I admit my shameful deed...it
haunts me day and night. It is against You and You alone I sinned
and did this terrible thing. You saw it all, and Your sentence
against me is just. Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled
with clean thoughts and right desires. Don't toss me aside,
banished forever from Your presence. Don't take Your Holy Spirit
from me. Restore to me again the joy of Your salvation, and make me
willing to obey You."
is a story that tells of two friends who were walking through
a desert. During some point of their journey, they had an argument
and, in anger, one friend slapped the other in the face. The friend
who received the slap, without saying a word, bent down and wrote in
the sand, "Today my best friend slapped me." However, the
two continued to walk in silence through the desert where they
encountered a spring. They both decided to take a bath in the
running water. The one who had written in the sand, got stuck in
the creek and started drowning
when the water suddenly rushed with force around him and his pal
pulled him to safety. After recovering a bit, the comrade
found a stone and wrote on it, "Today my best friend saved my
life." The one who had saved his friend's life asked, “After I
hit you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why
smiled and said “When someone hurts us we should write it down in
sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when
someone does something out of love for us, we must engrave it in
stone where no wind can ever change or erase it.
John 8: 2-8
tells us when Jesus appeared in the temple courts,
people gathered around Him, some eager to see what He could do but
were distrustful of Him at the same time. They also watched the teachers of the law
and the Pharisees who had brought an adulterous woman to the courts.
the onlookers' interest in Christ's teaching, the scribes and Pharisees plotted
to discredit Him in front of those gathered in the Temple." John
does not give the details of how the adulterous woman had been found
out, but on learning it these religious leaders saw it as a
opportunity entrap Jesus.
The woman was made to
stand before Him, and the elders said, “Teacher, this woman was
caught in the act of adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to
stone such women. What have you to say about this?" Some
of the men were waiting impatiently and carried heavy stones in readiness to kill the
course the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees were using this
question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Jesus. But
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
When they kept on questioning him, He straightened up and said to them,
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a
stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to ease away one at a time, the older
ones first, until only Jesus was left with the woman still standing
there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither
do I condemn you,” Jesus declared, “Go now and leave your life of
sin.” And the woman's sins were forgiven by Jesus Christ.
Know He still stands
waiting for you and I, and if we are burdened with sins, to come to Him and ask for forgiveness.
We cannot work for our forgiveness or be "good"
enough to earn it because it is a gift of grace. We
are receiving something that we do not deserve. "For it is by grace
you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians
2:8-9) and when we ask for forgiveness of God, our Father, Jesus tells us
John 14:6 "I am the way and the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
two friends in the above story are an example showing forgiveness by
the writing in the sand, allowing his friend's sinful action to be
blown away If I do wrong through words or deeds to others, I
must complete the act of asking for forgiveness and restitution,
thus making peace with our Lord through confession. C.S.
Lewis has this to say, “To be a Christian means to forgive the
inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
proclaims, "There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is
right and never sins."
tells, "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and
the truth is not in us." If our sins are not
forgiven, we will spend an eternity suffering the consequences.
If I do not
get my sins cleansed, they will encompass my life and corrode my
faith unless I make things right with our Savior. And if
others wrong us, we can only be
liberated by giving clemency and forgiveness to those who have hurt
Bestowing forgiveness to others is an act which mimics God's
gracious and eternal gift of forgiveness. Consider those who
beat Jesus, stripped Him of His clothes, then cast lots among
themselves for them, and the soldiers who nailed this innocent man
called Jesus Christ to the cross. But yet He forgave them
saying, "Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they do".
- Luke 23:34
do we get forgiveness?
2 Peter 3:9
tells us that God is loving and merciful – eager to forgive us of
our sins! "…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to
perish, but everyone to come to repentance." God wants to
forgive, and He wants us to contritely come to Him. He has already
provided for our forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ Who has
paid for all sins over 2,000 years ago.
Cross the bridge to forgiveness by repenting of sin. Our Lord waits
for you with
"For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred
the kingdom of His dear Son, Who purchased our freedom
and forgave our sins/" - Colossians:1:14
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