The I AM says I am forgiven!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.”Ephesians 1:7
Not long after I had my second son, Morgan, my sweet sister, Amanda, was gracious enough to come and stay a few days to help me. One morning when Morgan was crying, and my hormones were raging, I snapped at her. All she was doing was trying to assist me and my new born child and I had acted ugly. As soon as the words came out of my mouth I saw the hurt on her face. I knew immediately that I had upset her, and I burst into tears. I told her I was wrong to speak to her like that. I apologized…over and over again. After multiple apologies, Amanda kindly spoke to me the words I was longing to hear, “You don’t have to keep asking, Sister, I forgive you.”
Think about a time when you have let someone down, offended someone, or even caused them physical or emotional pain by your words or actions. Whether the act was intentional, completely by accident, or fueled by postpartum depression, your actions led to someone else’s hurt. The guilt seems to be worse when we hurt someone whom we love and who loves us. We long to be back in their good graces, to be assured that our offense is forgiven. The thought of our act putting a wedge in our treasured relationship causes us to feel guilt and sadness. To make it right we accept responsibility, apologize, and ask for forgiveness.
From the moment that darkness slithered into the garden, God has hated sin. Sin separates us from our Heavenly Father, it puts a wedge in our relationship. And, because He is a just God, we must pay for our wrongdoings; we must be punished. In Roman 6:23 we read that the wages of sin is death. But sister, there is hope for our guilty soul! There is hope in the Savior that came to this world to take the sentence for our sin. Jesus went to the cross and bore the punishment of our offenses. He sacrificed His life so that we could live with God forever. Our Father loves us so much that He sent His only son to live on earth as a living sacrifice. This pardon is freely given and can’t be earned. To receive this gift, all we have to do is confess our sins and lay them at the foot of the cross. And when we do this, we can hear our God saying, “I forgive you.”
So today as the evil one attempts to make you feel guilty and unworthy because of your past actions that seem unforgivable, take a knee thanking your God for loving you so much that you can proclaim, “I am forgiven…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 32:1-5; Psalm 51:1-2; Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19; John 1:8-9
Dear Lord, I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen