Posts Tagged ‘ Forgiveness ’

Regrets Holding You Back?

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 NRSV

The past is past. It is over and done, gone and forgotten.

….Or is it?

Does what’s in the past actually stay in the past?

What’s in my past stays in my memory. Then, when I least expect it, those memories sometimes pop up, seemingly out of nowhere. So the past is never really gone or forgotten.

MP900396104[1]That’s a good thing, especially when the memory is something I am proud of. Memories of accomplishments, awards and shared family moments all leave me feeling good about myself.

MP900401567[1]But not all memories are pleasant ones. Some of the most painful are those of failures and shortcomings. Those leave me with regrets. When they pop up, I find myself looking back, thinking how I could have behaved differently, responded more lovingly, used more wisdom, or been more patient.

Still, no matter how much I wish I could go back and make changes, I can’t. What I can do is to turn to Jesus Christ, and ask for his forgiving grace. His sacrificial love washes my heart clean, redeems my past, and frees me from the bondage of regret.

Yes, the past is in the past. But the past follows us, and continues to impact how we think, feel and behave. Only Jesus Christ can wipe our slate clean, free us from past regret, and give us new life and a new future.

Today’s video  chronicles some of the regrets many of us carry, and reminds us of the one who came to bear our burdens and set us free. To view the video please click here.

MP900401002[1]Then allow Jesus to heal your past, transform your present and set you on the path to eternal life!

 

A Clean Slate

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 NRSV

Chalkboard and Apple We all need it. We all want it.

What is it?

A fresh start!

We want the slate wiped clean, and a chance to begin again.

Thankfully, Jesus knows that’s exactly what we need. His loving sacrifice provides a way for our sin to be blotted out, our iniquity to be washed clean and our souls cleansed.

Today’s video provides a simple but powerful reminder of what we really need. Click here to watch it. Then let Jesus give you a fresh start!

The Best Way

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:18 NRSV

MP900178811[1] “What can I do to make up for what I’ve done?” That’s a question we’ve all asked. When we make a mistake, cause a problem or hurt someone, we want to want to right our wrong. We want to make up for the troubled we caused.

So we try to find ways to undo what we have done. We apologize. We make promises to change our ways. Then we do things to make amends. All of that makes good sense, and can help restore broken relationships and lost trust.

Pad of Paper & Pen The only problem is that whole approach tends to turn life into a score card. Every mistake and every misstep gets recorded and awaits some corresponding act of restitution. Of course, if  all our wrongs were recorded we  would be quickly overwhelmed by the enormity of what we owe. We would be enslaved to a never ending quest to pay off our mounting debts. There’s just no offering big enough, and no apology long enough to undo what we have done.

We owe an enormous debt.

That’s where forgiveness comes in.  Forgiveness wipes the slate clean. Forgiveness offers us the opportunity to start again, with no debts to pay.

In Old Testament times, God gave people a complex system of offerings and sacrifices to follow for atonement. But ultimately the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin. Then, with Jesus, God made the ultimate sacrifice. His sacrifice provided redemption once and for all for all who accept his saving grace.

God’s forgiveness is a gift of grace, given in love and at great MP900382868[1]cost. It is a gift that is completely undeserved and unearned. Therein lies the problem. We need it, but we can’t earn it. All we can really do is to admit our shortcomings, and throw ourselves into the grace filled arms of Jesus Christ. All we can do is accept the unfailing love he has shown for us, and the forgiveness he offers.

God’s forgiveness is a gift of grace.

The truth is, where there is forgiveness of sins, there are no offerings required. All that is needed is an open heart, that is penitent toward sin and receptive of God’s grace.

So what can you do to make up for what you’ve done? You can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. You can ask for and receive the forgiveness God is offering. Then you can step forward as one who is redeemed, restored and forgiven!

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Prayer:

Forgiving God, I have fallen short of the mark. I need your cleansing, redeeming, restoring grace to forgive my sins and to wipe my slate clean. Thank you for the love that gives me a new start!

Amen.

Getting God’s forgiveness is the best way to go!