Living Freely and Forgiven

Psalm 32:3-5  For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.   Selah   I acknowledged my sins to you, and I did not cover my iniquity;  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.  Selah  (ESV)

The Psalmist, David, is describing how he felt when he did not confess his sins and tried to keep them from God.  He felt like he was wasting away, groaning all day.  He was like a plant withering in the dry, hot summer heat.  The only solution he found to this oppression from sin was to confess his iniquities (sins) and  seek God’s forgiveness.    We know that David was forgiven as God tells us in Numbers 14:18a “The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty,”  (ESV)  and in the New Testament 1John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (ESV)    David experienced God’s love and forgiveness, but still had to accept the consequences his sin caused.  Read more about David in 2Samuel 11 and 12.

Do you have sin that is weighing upon your mind and holding you captive?  Confess it today and feel the freedom of forgiveness in Christ.  God desires that we live lives that are free and unfettered by sin, open to his love and mercy.   Take Jesus’ words to heart today from John 8:34-36,  “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be fee indeed.”   Be free today in Christ!

Living freely and forgiven in Christ,

Linda

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Serenity and beauty in the gardens at the Mount of Beatitudes.

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