One of the most important things I receive from Christ is forgiveness. It is not just a little forgiveness for everyday sins but total forgiveness for all the things that I have done and will do because of the sin nature I was born with. Jesus paid the price required by God for my sin and yours, “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 3:23. Through His death on the cross the penalty for my sin and yours was marked paid in full. “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. ” Hebrews 10:10. This sin nature I was born with is evident in my life each day. The Apostle Paul said it best in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” It seems while in this world we are constantly susceptible to our sin nature. I am so thankful that Jesus provided a way for me to be redeemed from sin, a way for me to be victorious over sin, a way for me to rise above the sins that would entangle me, and a way for me to live each day by His grace and mercy.
As you consider Jesus’ sacrifice and your sinful nature, consider Colossians 1:13-14 in the Amplified version. 13 For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,14 in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in] the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].
We can say with absolute assurance that we are totally forgiven though the power of Jesus’ blood. Now that we have it- we need to claim it and live like we are forgiven. Let go of the guilt and shame brought on by sin. Don’t let Satan entangle you with guilt- he is a great liar and deceiver. He wants us bogged down by our past. Pray and give it to Jesus- know that you are forgiven once and for all though Jesus!
Prayer: Father, help me to feel your forgiveness today and take it into my being. Help me to shed my guilt and shame and step out in faith believing that I am totally forgiven. Thank you that I am clean, pure and unencumbered by sin before You because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Holy Spirit teach me today and give me your seal that I am forgiven. Amen.
Living forgiven, praise Jesus!