Thoughts on Forgiveness

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we “become a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

The bible tells us all of our sins of the past are “wiped out” Acts 3:19 NIV. Now we are free, free of the burden of feeling guilty of mistakes made in the past. “Their sins and lawless acts have been forgiven.” Hebrews 10:17 NIV and Psalms 103:12 “as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” I can remember the time as a youngster I slipped a jar of deodorant in my pocket in Woolworth’s and didn’t pay for it, “Thou shall not steal” a nasty attitude with my mother at times when I was a teenager, “honor thy father and thy mother” a letter I didn’t write that I should have, a phone call to a friend I didn’t make because I was too busy, and “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins.” James 4:17 NIV

We all probably have things from the past that were wrong, little things or big things you wish you could go back and change. But this is all baggage you are dragging along in your life, a heavy load to carry. But you don’t have to! Pack it all up in a trash bag and drag that heavy weight to the cross. “Take it to the Lord in prayer…” a hymn by Dr. Charles Hayes.

What happened in the past should not be a burden to you. God has forgiven and forgotten. You are free you have a clean slate, a new beginning. The fact that you are a child of God does not make you perfect. “No one is righteous not even one…” (Romans 3:10 NIV) but gives you a new approach to getting rid of your mistakes. You know when you have done something you should not have or you did something that was wrong. Now instead of hiding it by shoving it under the bed, or behind the boxes in the closet where it will always be there to haunt you…take it directly to God in prayer. Ask him to forgive you, tell him you are sorry. That thing will vanish from its hiding place to be gone forever.

Don’t forfeit the joy, the happiness, the assurance that God loves you because you don’t want to confess a wrong you did or neglected to so something God wanted you to do. God already knows what you did or didn’t do and is patiently waiting for you to go to him to be forgiven.

When you surrender your life to God, keep that trash out of your house. Put it in a garbage bag and take it to the cross.