Sins? What Sins?

Ed Wacaster By Ed Wacaster, 23rd Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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As stated in the moderator notes, this article is designed to help those who think God cannot forgive them, learn otherwise.

Forgiveness for your sins.

Along the path of ministry I was involved in when I was "young," took me smack dab into the middle of more than a few prisons. Sometimes the middle was so far in the middle of the prison, the shadows had their own shadows. Scary to say the least. I spent time locked up with murderers, rapists, thieves, robbers and that was just the staff.
The single most theme I heard in every prison I visited was this: "God can never forgive me for what I have done." Granted, these people had done some very bad things, thus, we were having this conversation in a specific place, behind brick walls and bars.
It's unfortunate for these people that they believe this, yet very understandable. I mean, consider their surroundings; it's not exactly an uplifting place place to live. Not too much encouragement going on in there at all.
Well I've got really great news for anyone who thinks that statement above is true. It ain't! Not even close to true. Regardless of where you're living right now. Be it in prison, or the suburbs. Everyone can recite John 3:16 or a pretty close version of it. "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life." You could write a 1,000 page book on that verse alone and dissect it until your eyes dry up and you go blind. But here's the next verse that no one seems to quote, that's so much more informational when it comes to forgiveness of our sins. John 3:17 says this: "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him (Jesus) might be saved."
So, let's get rid of that image of God standing over you with a baseball bat, beating you every time you mess up. Nothing could be farther from the truth, Instead He stands waiting and ready for you to simply ask that He forgive you from your sins. And three simple words, spoken with a sincere heart, do just that. "Jesus, forgive me." Or "Father, forgive me." It really is that simple.
O man is that simple or what?! There's no need to confess every sin you can remember, because He already knows what they are.So there's no need to list them. But here's the part I really like. In Jeremiah 31:34 God tells us this: "...for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sins, I will remember no more." Wait a minute here buddy! Yes!! It's true!! God has the ability for get the sins you asked Him to forgive! Don't we wish so many times that WE had that ability to forget? To truly forgive and forget is only given lip service in human terms. We can't do it because He didn't instill that into us, But He can! Oh how much easier life would be for us, if we could really forget the hurts others have caused us. But instead, we have the ability to remember everything in intricate detail.
So, the message is quite clear, and very concise in this article. Forgiveness of your sins is just a few words away. It doesn't matter what your friends tell you, or your souse, or whomever. If your heart is in the right place and contrite when you ask for forgiveness, you're forgiven my friend. And the Bible tells us that the Angels in heaven are rejoicing and have a party because of it too. The only thing left to do now is start praying every day and reading your Bible as well. Find a good Bible teaching church and make some Christian friends to help you out along your new life.

May God richly bless you every single day.

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Forgiveness, Grace, Grace Of God, Sins

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author avatar Ed Wacaster
I have held every position in a church, except "Senior Pastor." I was on the board of directors for a prison ministry for 20 years. Now I just write.

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author avatar Ed Deaton
4th Dec 2013 (#)

Good word Ed! Thanks

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author avatar Mikkel Moller
4th Dec 2013 (#)

Forgive yourself first, then forgive those that have sinned against you, you will be the better for this.

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