The Word for this week is: Forgive
The Thought for this week is: God forgives
Unfortunately, sinning is a universal experience of mankind. (Eccl. 7:20; Rom. 3:23.) Fortunately though, we serve a God who willingly extends His grace to all and forgives. When God presented His qualities to Moses in Exodus chapter 34, verse 6, He tells us that He is One “who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin.” These three Hebrew words seem to describe deliberate sinning, rebellion against God’s law, and sinning of all types.
God gave a temporary way for His people in the Old Testament to have their sins forgiven by sacrificing the blood of animals. Today, God has provided a permanent way to be cleansed of our sins through the sacrifice of His Own Son. (Heb. 5:7-10, 23-28; 9:11-17; 10: 19-23.) Nothing is more important for us today than having our sins daily forgiven by a gracious Heavenly Father. God has instructed us how we can be forgiven our sins through our obedient trust in Christ. (Rom. 1:5; 3: 21-26; 4: 1-5; 5: 6-11; 6: 1-11; Acts: 2: 36-38; 3:19; Gal. 3: 26-27; Col. 2:12; Acts 22:16.) After becoming a Christian and having the Holy Spirit as a power in our lives, we still commit sin. So, let us appreciate and memorize the following promise of God:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1: 9.)
By Ron Bever