We all know of great people whose stars were shining and who came tumbling down because of silly mistakes never to recover again. One of my experiences with forgiveness is when as a director I forgave an employee who had stolen money from the company. There was convincing proof of his theft but I felt God guiding me to forgive and gave him a second chance. The gentle man became one of the greatest employees in the organization and saved the company a lot of money. The pardon became a catalyst to great performance as he tried to make up for his mistakes. It’s said that man is to error and whereas our weaknesses differ, we are all cracked and cannot make it on our own without accepting forgiveness and recovering from our mistakes. The scriptural story of Simon Peter and Judas, two disciples of Jesus Christ who failed him greatly in his hour of need is one we can learn from. While Peter recovered and became a great witness of the Jesus he had denied, Judas allowed guilt to drive him towards suicide and never recovered. Genuine faith embraces human limitations and the ability for God to forgive. It takes faith to believe that there is no sin that God cannot forgive if we genuinely confess the same to him and show willingness to change. Faith recognizes that we are not perfect but hinges on God’s faithfulness to perfect us. The Scriptures says that it is by faith we are saved. We cannot earn forgiveness, we just have to accept it. We must believe that God has forgiven us to release guilt from us. There is no scriptural basis of self forgiveness and failure to let go of our guilts even after experiencing God’s forgiveness is an insult to the divine. It a pride that shows God we are operating at a higher standard than him. Where have you failed to embrace forgiveness because of some sins you committed? Where have you cut yourself out of fellowship with God because you won’t accept that He has forgiven you? It’s the habit of God’s children to mourn and feel bad about their sins while devils gloat over their sins. The fact that you feel bad when you fall short of God’s standard maybe the only proof you need that you belong to a different family. Don’t let the devil confine you to a pit of guilt and self pity. A righteous man may fall seven times but seven times he rises and embraces God’s forgiveness. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins and when sinners plunge beneath the blood, they lose all their guilty stains. Embrace God’s offer of forgiveness today!
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12 NIV
Last modified: August 22, 2020