THE WONDERFUL FORGIVENESS OF GOD AS A RESULT OF HIS ABUNDANT NATURE OF LOVE




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Greetings brothers.

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Today I focus my reflection on God's wonderful forgiveness for man as a result of the abundant nature of God's love.

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It is said that during World War II there was a man named Hans Rookmaaker, who was an active member of the Dutch resistance. But he was captured by the Germans and sent to a Nazi concentration camp, where he began reading the Bible.

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While studying the Word of God, he discovered that God's intimate desire is to forgive our sins. So he gave his life to Christ and marveled at the joy and freedom he had found.

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When Rookmaaker was released from prison at the end of the war, he immediately joined a church. But instead of having communion with free people, he was surprised to find so many Christians who still lived in the slavery of sin and did not experience God's forgiveness.

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The Bible teaches that confession is the prerequisite for God's forgiveness - either for initial salvation or for daily communion. This confession implies repentance, and when necessary, restitution.

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Confession without regret is a fraud. In proverbs we read: "He who conceals his sins will not prosper; but he who confesses them and departs, will attain mercy" (Pr 28:13).

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Sometimes confession also implies restitution (Exodus 22: 1-15). Usually, this is a forgotten aspect of confession. If our sin deprived someone of something that belonged or corresponded to him (something material, money or work), we should not only apologize to the offended person but also pay as soon as possible.

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The glorious thing about Scripture is the good news that God forgives a man who confesses his sin with a sincere heart. Manasseh was one of the most evil kings of Judah. He ruined Hezekiah's reforms and served false gods with more zeal than the pagan nations that God had destroyed before the Israelites had done (2 Chronicles 33: 1-9). However, upon being captured by the Assyrians, Manasseh humbled himself before the Lord - and God forgave him.

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If God could forgive a pagan and evil king when he humbled himself, he will surely forgive us if we confess our sins and repent. Confession is humiliating, but "if we confess our sins to God, we can be sure that he will forgive us and cleanse us from all evil" (1 John 1: 9). Learn this passage by heart and often ask God to make it happen in your life.

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There is another precious verse to add to his memorization list: "And I will never remember his sins and transgressions again" (Hebrews 10:17). How remarkable that the omniscient God promises not only to forgive our sins but also to forget them forever.


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God's forgiveness is something that is not easily understood and that is why men who do not have Jesus Christ cannot experience that the Lord can erase and throw all sin deep into the sea. They do not understand and judge with human mind what makes them err because they do not know the true love of God, demonstrated by us on the Cross of Calvary.

Romans 5: 8 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God bless you my sister @ennimariana
@jeanglou

03.12.2019 15:05
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Forgiveness is extremely important in our Christian life, God forgives any undue act we have committed if we make him repentant from the heart so that we too can forgive and be truly free, remember that forgiveness is a liberating act.
ricci01.

03.12.2019 20:11
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