“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations…” (Deut. 7:9).
On yesterday, I shared my thoughts about pinpointing the sin of others and overlooking our own sin. I think it is very important for us to return to the foundation of those things upon which we base our faith. During my sabbatical, I had to confront my areas of struggle and there was no running away from them. Have I mastered these areas? Not at all. However, I am better equipped to identify when the enemy is preparing to launch an attack against me. This helps me to better prepare myself as well.
My Testimony About God’s Mercy
In the past, I struggled with lust, pornography, adultery, unhealthy relationships, and the list goes on. However, God has been extremely gracious and merciful to me in extending forgiveness each time I sinned and missed the mark. He never once condemned me nor held it over my head to remind me of how awful I am at being His son. In fact, He does not even remember my sin at all! The moment I turned to Him in repentance and asked for forgiveness, He erased my sin with the Blood of Jesus. He set me free and turned my life around so I could live life on the right path. The Kingdom path.
What Does This Mean For The Believer And The Unbeliever?
This means that if God can forgive me for my past sin, He is more than willing to do the same for everyone else. But more than this, God knows and understands that I am not going to always hit the mark. I am going to make mistakes as a son of God and disciple of Christ. The beautiful thing about this is that He has already made provision for me in this area through the Blood of Jesus (Heb. 9:23-28). All I have to do is be willing to confess my faults to Him, and He promises to cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:5-10). The same promises are made available to everyone who believes in the name of Jesus (Jn. 3:16; 2 Pet. 3:9).
None of us are beyond the reach of God’s love, grace, and mercy. His love, grace, and mercy are strong and powerful enough to reach us wherever we may be and in the areas of our lives in which we need them. So, we do not have to run and hide any longer. We can “…come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need…” (Heb. 4:16). It is free to us because the price has already been paid for us by Jesus the Christ of God. How great is His love for us!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”