November 28, 2007
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It might come as a shock to you, but God delights in forgiving us on our sins… even when we come to Him with the same sin over and over again!
That’s right, because we worship a God who is full of mercy and full of pardon. In fact, today’s verses tell us that where sin increases, grace abounds all the more.
It really is an amazing day when you realize… when you finally embrace the truth… that God delights in forgiving you of your sin. As humans, offering forgiveness isn’t a natural act. In most cases, it’s extremely difficult to do. And as a result, I think many Christians assume that God begrudgingly offers forgiveness when we ask for it. But this simply isn’t true!
The Scripture tells us that when we confess our sins with honesty and sincerity and brokenness, God is eager to forgive us. He loves to forgive you… even if you’re coming to Him with the same sin for the 100th time in a row. There are no limits to His love!
I love the song by the Christian group Selah that says, “Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea. A great high Priest whose name is love, who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on His hands, my name is written on His heart. I know that while in heaven He stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart… no tongue can bid me thence depart.”
Christian, as a child of God, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from all your sins! You can never, ever, exhaust the grace of God. So don’t let Satan tempt you into believing that God wants nothing to do with you when you sin. Remember the promise from Hebrews 4:16, which tells us, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
God delights in forgiving you of your sin when you sincerely ask for it!