Thursday, September 20, 2012

Forgiveness Rooted in the Love of God

Even a superficial look at the world around us reveals the immense need for forgiveness rooted in the love of God...

Many people live under a tremendous burden of guilt because they don't know how to deal with the sins and temptations of daily life.  Whether it is over major sins or minor transgressions, guilt robs us of the joy and freedom that is the rightful heritage of every Christian.  When guilt is left to fester, it can lead to confusion, isolation, and even physical illness as it leaves a person bitter, defensive, and sapped of his or her self-esteem.

What is the answer to this plague of guilt?  Jesus told his disciples:  "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you" (John 15:9).  No matter our circumstances, our God is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness" (Exodus 34:6).  Through the Holy Spirit, God has poured his love into our hearts (Romans 5:5), and it is there -- in the depths of our being -- that we can experience a divine forgiveness that melts away guilt and shame.  At any moment, we can turn to God and know his love and forgiveness.  We wants to pour out his mercy, and the only thing he looks for is a repentant heart.

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