Forgiveness is freeHave you ever done something that you didn’t want anyone to know about? Did you tell someone anyway, or did you run away before anyone discovered your actions?
The Bible says, in 1st John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Something happened at The Country Preacher’s Fishing Hole a few weeks ago that brought this scripture to my mind. We have an entertainment center in the back building that was given to us by our son before he passed away. We have started to sell it a few times, but have been using it for a display case, because it has sentimental value.
A couple came in looking around one day. They were in the building by themselves and all of a sudden they came out of the building and left without saying anything. When the preacher went into the building, he found glass all over the floor in front of the entertainment center. The glass door had been shattered.
What constitutes sin? Is breaking something a sin? Not unless it was broken deliberately. Breaking the item, if not done deliberately, is simply an accident. The sin arises when you run away. If the person confesses the accident, especially in Christian surroundings, the act will more than likely be forgiven. If the person tries to hide the accident, their guilty conscience will eat at them like a canker sore.
So many times in our lives, we blame God for not forgiving us, and the truth is that we simply cannot forgive ourselves. Matthew 7:7 says to “ask and it shall be given to you.” This includes forgiveness. Forgiveness is free. We don’t receive it, because we do not ask for it, and sometimes when we ask for it and God gives it to us, we can’t accept it.
There are numerous scriptures throughout the Bible showing the forgiveness of God. All of the Old Testament “heroes,” Abraham, David and others did things displeasing to God. Peter, Paul and others in the New Testament sinned against God. They were all forgiven, as are we when we confess our wrongdoing.
If you have done something that you are ashamed of, lay it down at the feet of Jesus and leave it there. You don’t have to tell man. You only have to answer to God. Don’t go around with a burden on your shoulders. Tell it to Jesus. Forgiveness is free.
“Shackled by a heavy burden,
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame,
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.”
(William J. Gaither)