Alive with Christ through Forgiveness
13You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
~Colossians 2:13, NLT~
In day 4 we learnt that confession of sin brings victory; because God wipes away all of our sins, we are removed from the shadow of death and brought alive through Christ. We are victorious because through the death of Jesus Christ for us, we have conquered the wages of sin which is death Read Romans 6:23. To emphasis on the matter that forgiveness is key to freedom, peace, joy and Life, today we’re going to understand that God does not rate one sin as greater than or smaller than another – God hates them all and so should we. Sinning once is just as bad as committing 5 different types of sin. Having said this, it is so important for us to confess all of our sins and not to make our own judgement on whether or not we think one bad thing is worth confessing or not. Sin is sin, confessing all sins, is important. Now, this is not to put us to shame, it is to set us free completely… Focusing on the scripture mentioned above, God promises that He “forgave all our sins”; for us, this means that, it does not matter the degree of what we have done wrong, God will always forgive and will forgive completely. With hope of encouraging us further to feel better about confessing our sins to God, we should not be ashamed to mention everything we have done wrong against God; He is asking us to surrender ourselves to Him so He can set us free from them all. God does not pick and select which sins He will set us free from and which ones He will forever hold against us; as mentioned before, all sin is sin so when He forgives one, He forgives all.
God wants all of us to experience His freedom – He does not give 5% of his forgiveness to you then 50% to your best-friend and the remaining 45% to the person who persecuted against you – he gives us all 100% of His forgiveness.
Now, a few question for us to ponder on…
“Are we weighing up how much we should forgive others – if at all – rather than just forgiving them all the way?”
When we forgive, do we only forgive what we find easy to let go of but hold onto what hurts us the most?
Having said that…
Does that thing we hold onto, stop us from loving and caring again, unconditionally and completely?
Do we find it easier to forgive some people depending on the relation we have with them as supposed to forgiving everyone who does us wrong, no matter what is it they have done?
What we can learn from this is, when others do us wrong, just as God forgives us of all our sins without holding it against a scale of how much we hurt him, we too should forgive with the same manner. When He forgave us, God brought us back to Life… when we forgive we remove grudges, pain and hostility towards those we resent, and instead, we open our hearts to love again and to be at peace with ourselves and God.
God bless, and keep on forgiving!
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