Wednesday, September 05, 2012

New Beginnings

One of the glories of our faith in Christ is new beginnings.  Jesus commanded us to forgive seventy times seven because of the great depth of His forgiveness towards us. God is abundantly full of grace. Where sin abounds grace abounds much more. And we should not fear that this abundant grace would give rise to libertine deeds. If we are born of God then we will do the works of God.
         We still struggle in the flesh and there are often sins and the regret and guilt of current or even past sins. Sometimes there are huge consequences for our sins that stay with us even beyond receiving God’s forgiveness. But until we receive God’s forgiveness and the peace of that forgiveness we are stuck and cannot move forward.
         Today is a new beginning. We are in a new location and we are eager to know what God will do in our midst. What we have done before, for good or for ill, is past and the future is ahead of us, full of hope in the power and joy of the Lord.
         So, in your own personal lives, you need to look to the future in hope, trusting that God will use You to His glory in this life, in this place, among these people. The only way to do this, is to confess any sins, real sins of disobedience as well as the false sins, lies from the devil, about your ongoing guilt and shame for those sins you have already been forgiven for. That is all in the past, Jesus has paid it all. Receive the forgiveness of the Lord and look to the future in hope.

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