PEACE THROUGH FORGIVENESS—THE BLOOD
“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus . . . purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin” (Hebrews 9:22). The following is a beautiful story (source unknown) about the peace of forgiveness in our hearts toward others:
One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God’s call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.
It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor’s son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began.
You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor’s son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting.
As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past.
As she began to cry the pastor’s son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his statement was this:
”My fiancee’s past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?”
The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters.
If the blood of Jesus Christ does not cleanse another person completely, then neither can it cleanse us completely. He loves us and “has freed us from our sins by His blood” (Revelations 1:5). Because He was slain, with His blood He ransomed every one of us (Revelations 5:9).
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! Precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.—Robert Lowry