Summary: We are forgiven in Christ.
WE ARE FORGIVEN!
INTRO.- Forgiveness if a beautiful thing, but not everyone expresses it or demonstrates it.
ILL.- A couple had been married for 15 years. They were having more than the usual marital disagreements. They wanted to make their
marriage work, however, and agreed on an idea the wife had. For one month they planned to drop a slip of paper in what they called
“the fault box.” Each would have their own “fault box.” They would simply write their “irritations” on a slip of paper and drop it in the
And the wife was very diligent in writing her “irritations.” Some read: “Left the lid off the jelly jar.” “Wet towels on the shower floor.”
“Dirty socks left in the floor.” On and on until the end of the month came.
At the end of the month, after dinner one evening, they exchanged boxes and began reading one another’s “irritations.” The husband
read and reflected on what he had done wrong in his wife’s eyes. Then his wife opened her box and began reading. TO HER AMAZEMENT,
ALL THE SLIPS OF PAPER READ THE SAME THING: “I LOVE YOU!”
Brethren, that’s what I call “forgiveness” and not everybody expresses it or demonstrates it. But God does.
ILL.- Washington D.C., Sept. 9, 1974. Pres. Gerald Ford granted Richard M. Nixon “a free, full and absolute pardon” for any criminal
conduct during his presidency. Ford said, “I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough.”
Brethren, regardless of whether or not we think Gerald Ford should have pardoned Richard Nixon is not the question. The point is: it was very gracious deed! It was an act of gracious forgiveness!
But as great as Gerald Ford’s forgiveness was, it is nothing in comparison to the forgiveness that we’ve been granted through Jesus
Rom. 3:10-12 “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Wow! That’s quite an indictment, isn’t it? NO ONE WHO DOES GOOD!
Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Brethren, let’s be honest and admit it. WE’VE ALL BLOWN IT BEFORE GOD! Think, for example, of the worst sin you’ve ever committed.
I know you’ve tried to forget it, but think of it just for a moment.
Do you realize that in Jesus Christ that terrible sin that you committed is completely forgiven? GOD WILL NEVER HOLD THAT SIN AGAINST YOU AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF JESUS!
Perhaps we can think of it this way.
ILL.- I read a true story about a priest, a beloved man of God, in the Philippines who always carried the burden of a secret sin he had
committed many years before. He had repented of the sin but still had no peace, no sense of God’s forgiveness.
In his church was a woman who loved the Lord and claimed to have visions in which she spoke with Christ. The priest, however, was
skeptical. To test her he said, “The next time you speak with Christ I want you to ask him what sin your priest committed while he was in