Everyone needs forgiveness–even you

Your heart was made for God. It’s lost without Him. Receiving God’s forgiveness can reconnect your heart with God. A dark heart can have a fresh start with Jesus.

To many people say “I’m trying to find myself,” instead of “I’m trying to find God.” However, life goes better when we let go of ego.

To be out of step with God is sad. To be unaware of being out of step with God — that’s tragic. However, God offers you the most costly gift in the Universe — His forgiveness paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross.

There’s no size in sin. It’s all devastating to our relationship with God. If you seek pleasure in sin, you miss out on the greater pleasure of God’s presence. To think that you don’t need forgiveness is the ultimate form of denial.

Even if we reject Christ & break His heart; He still loves us & longs for us to repent & be reconciled to Him. The solution to guilt isn’t denial or medication. It’s to repent and be forgiven. Those who have experienced God’s forgiveness for their wrongs are willing to forgive others.

Got guilt? God’s forgiveness cures it. Guilt is a reminder that you need God’s forgiveness. Without it we humans are tormented by guilt. God’s forgiveness is: a fresh start; a new beginning; a clean slate. However, no matter how hard you try, you’ll never get completely free from guilt without God’s forgiveness.

Living without God’s forgiveness creates an atmosphere that is worse than living without deodorant. Stinky guilt? Or God’s sweet forgiveness? The choice is yours.

God’s forgiveness makes us feel so good that we want to “Go and sin no more.” No one truly understands mercy until she/he asks for & receives God’s forgiveness.

Self-forgiveness only goes so far. Ultimately we need God’s forgiveness. If you can’t forgive yourself; then go to Jesus and let Him forgive you.

True, you can never be perfect; but through Christ you can be forgiven! You can’t outrun your guilt. But you can run to Jesus and be made clean.

So, don’t carry guilt around with you. Every time you do something that creates guilt, go to God & get forgiven! Remorse leads to repentance which leads to being renewed by God’s forgiveness. To reject God’s forgiveness is to stay stuck in shame and guilt.

Forgiveness involves: admitting your responsibility for your wrongs; asking Jesus for mercy; & pursuing what is right. Experiencing God’s forgiveness is more cleansing that taking a shower after weeks lost in the woods. “Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.'” (Luke 7:48) Has He said that to you?

Perfect people never need forgiveness. Flawed people do. Guilty (unforgiven) people often hold grudges & refuse to grant others the forgiveness that they, themselves,
desperately need. Only God’s mercy can mend the mess we’ve made.

All who carry Christ within need to let Him overflow to others. Without an inner source of moral strength, we become slaves to society’s values. God inspired the Bible, so the more that you read & obey it, the more you’ll align with God. When we fail to cooperate with God’s empowerment, we miss out on miracles.

Until our lifestyle shows that the Holy Spirit is in charge, we’re still in some degree of rebellion against God. True Christianity is lived out in daily life, not just celebrated at holy sites. The Sermon on the Mount describes the lifestyle of a Spirit-led person.

To believe in Jesus only by reason or tradition is unstable faith. But experiencing His reality changes lives forever! Christ doesn’t want to make us comfortable. He wants to set us free.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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