Three Words

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

Yesterday, I wrote what I thought was a pretty good post.  It went live in the morning, and around mid afternoon, Roberta and I were driving from home (Portland) to see our parents in Tacoma.  After one of our stops to change our newborn’s diaper, she saw what I wrote and asked me to read it to her since she was driving.  While I was reading it, I noticed a crucial typo.  This typo, though easily recognizable changed the meaning of the entire sentence.  The sentence said, “The point is, when you are crying out to God for something, don’t be discouraged when the answer comes.”  When I noticed the error, I promptly fixed so it said, “The point is, when you are crying out to God for something, don’t be discouraged when the answer does not come.”  Oops.

Most people who saw the post before I fixed it, I’m sure were able to surmise the intent, though the meaning of the post was dramatically changed.  There are three other words that dramatically changed my life: “You are forgiven.”  One of the tricks of the tricks of the enemy is to somehow convince us that we are unworthy of forgiveness, or that we have not truly been forgiven.  The truth is God knows everything we have done, everything we will do and has forgiven us from everything from the moment you asked for forgiveness.  It does not matter how big or small you think the sin was.  God has already forgiven it.

Are you caught in a sin pattern that you can not break?  You are forgiven.

Have you messed up so bad that people wont forgive you? You are forgiven.

Do you condemn yourself over your past? You are forgiven.

Have you done something so big, you think you can never be forgiven?  You are forgiven.

Scripture promises that God will forgive any sin if we confess our sin and repent (1 John 1:9).  Because of this truth, there is no condemnation that can stand against us.  Not the condemnation of men or the enemy.  If you confess your sin and repent, you are forgiven.

One more final thought on forgiveness.  If you are forgiven by God for your sin, you are spiritually obligated to pass the forgiveness along (Matthew 5:23-24).

No matter what you have done, or the enemy tells you, YOU ARE FORGIVEN!  Walk in that forgiveness.

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