We all want to know that God loves us.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30).
Here are three observations about forgiveness:
1. The forgiveness of God is greatly misunderstood, 2. People like to argue about forgiveness, 3. People long to have forgiveness.
You can understand why forgiveness is such a hot topic. All of us sin. This reality raises numerous questions in our minds.
• What do I do when I sin?
• How can I know that God has forgiven my sin?
• If He has forgiven me, why do I keep doing the same sin over and over?
Here is the good news. All of these questions are answered by the three words Jesus uttered from the cross, “It is finished!”
Jesus paid the debt in full. Nothing more needs to be done, or can be done concerning forgiveness of sins.
I wished I had known this truth early in life.
With each sin I committed in those days, I felt I needed to do something to get it forgiven. I prayed. I promised. I studied the Bible. I made deals with God. But nothing changed.
I wanted His forgiveness so badly, but in spite of all my efforts, I never felt forgiven.
The glorious truth is that there was nothing I could do to gain God’s forgiveness. Jesus had already done the work. He forgave all of my sins. His shed blood took them away once and for all.
When His finished work finally hit my heart, the weight of guilt lifted from my shoulders. And something even better happened. The love of God broke through to my soul. It was the first time that I knew, I mean really knew, that He loved me.
This is what I wanted more than anything. I think we all want to truly know that God loves us.
Understanding this powerful three word phrase, “It is finished!”, connects the dots and makes God’s love real in your heart.
God loved you so much that he sent Jesus to usher in the New Covenant. He provided forgiveness for your sins and now he lives in you. To live fully in Him, you must connect the dots between forgiveness and love.
Life happens. We all experience times of conflict and pain. Often, we react to these setbacks with anger, self-pity, and despair, which lead to depression. There IS a way to break out of that cycle – by responding to the pathway laid for us through Christ Jesus. A road paved with truth, traveled by faith, and experienced by His power.
The Breakout will encourage you to break out of the negative spiral of reaction and, instead, begin to respond with the eternal truths of the New Covenant – faith, hope, and love. Take the risk – thanksgiving, contentment, and love are waiting for you. Get your copy today as our thanks for your gift to Basic Gospel this month.
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