Friday, 26 July 2013

THE BLESSING OF A FRESH START



"Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them." Romans 4:8 NIV. Think about it. "Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin." (NLT). Meditate on it. Forgiveness gives us a clean slate, a fresh start; through forgiveness, we are justified and made to be as though we never sinned at all. Wow!

God is so perfect and holy that He cannot behold iniquity; and one would expect that it will be difficult for such a holy Person to accommodate sinners. But we see God in the Scriptures, since man first sinned, always offering forgiveness to man. God is love! As He is perfect in holiness, so is He in love. Hallelujah!

Acts 13:38-39 says, "Understand therefore, brethren, that through this Jesus forgiveness of sins is announced to you; and in Him every believer is absolved from all offences from which you could not be absolved under the Law of Moses." Weymouth New Testament.

I bring to you the good news of your justification today: there's no need to wallow in self pity; self condemnation and guilt; Christ set you free the moment you believed and He is still offering forgiveness today. When you are forgiven, in that instant, you are pronounced blameless, and are no longer guilty or to be held responsible for whatever you did. What a blessing!

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