Summary: Forgiveness, an essential element of the Christian faith, is also necessary to make the House of God a home for humanity.
Forgiveness is something that is necessary to make a house a home.
Forgiveness is also essential to the Christian faith.
Without forgiveness we would still be under the penalty and the consequences of our sins., we would be doomed to hell, condemned sinners without any hope of any kind.
Forgiveness will transform our relationship with God, others and ourselves.
Forgiveness = To grant free pardon or remission of any offense or dept; to give up all claim.
Psalm 32:1-8 (NLT)
1 A psalm of David. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude
6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude
To how understand how awesome it is to live in forgiveness it is important to see how it looks to live in the guilt and the weight of sin.
When we are silent and fail to confess our sins to God it affects us on the inside. David talked about his body wasting away; about groaning all day long.
The truth is that we simply were not created to live under the weight of sin. It is too heavy a burden for even the strongest of men to bear. It breaks us down, it makes us miserable, it takes our joy and it saps our spiritual strength.
The Weight of Sin
Proverbs 28:13a (NLT)
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
Isaiah 29:15 (NKJV)
15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, And their works are in the dark; They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”
Why is their woe to those people, is it because God wants to punish them for their sins. Is it because
No, the reason is because when you chose to hide it from God, you also chose to shield your self from the saving power of God.
Sin runs its natural course. You can’t stop the chain of events once they have started. And when you hide what you have done from God, then that chain of events is bound to happen. Woe to the person who does that.
But, if you confess and turn from your sins, you will receive mercy.
A number of years ago, the governor of Texas visited one of the state prisons. As you know, the American Justice system allows for the governer to pardon a criminal of his crimes. You might be able to imagine the excitement of having the governor come to the prison. After he spoke, he said, “I’m going to stay here and if anyone wants to talk to me I will listen to whatever you have to say.”