Like we saw in the last post, God’s compassion and love towards is so infinite. He loves us no matter where we are – or where we go. His gift of Salvation on the Cross is complete and all-encompassing. When Christ died on the Cross that day, He demonstrated God’s forgiveness of Sin – ALL kinds of sin. We, therefore, cannot go around judging if a sin is big or small. God forgives Sin – that means all sin.
And the amazing part is that God still forgives us. Indeed there are times when we listen to the wrong voice and go astray, wandering away from the Lord in paths that we think is best. However, God always creates some signal and gets us back on track. Usually, we always wander away into trouble, and then begin to fall – deeper and deeper – till we hit rock bottom. And quoting Matthew West, “That’s when I start looking up and reaching out”. When we do reach this point of realization in our lives that we just cannot do it without God’s help – we would lose anyway and there would be no point to the fight – we come back to Him. We return with guilt and shame and probably reek of sin, and we probably expect God to completely leave us in anger and walk away. But No, that isn’t God’s nature at all!
God is Love. Regardless of all our past misdeeds and iniquities, when we just speak the word “Lord, please forgive me”. Right then, right there, God has forgiven our sins and forgotten them. Despite our unpresentable, hopeless condition, He just runs towards us, embraces us and just shows His unconditional love towards us. Indeed, He has forgiven us completely and like Audio Adrenaline says, “Your sins are forgotten, They’re on the bottom of the ocean floor.”
Remember the story of the Prodigal Son in Scripture. That’s the real Father we are talking about. John Waller’s ‘Still Calls Me Son” pictures that amazing moment when we try to return home, heavy with guilt and shame. But the Father awaits with open arms, eager to welcome the lost prodigal back into His fold. This song says it better than anything.
Jeremy Camp’s “Take You Back” also wonderfully talks about that infinite compassion that our Father has. He is ALWAYS ready to take us back into His fold and redeem us – regardless of our follies and transgressions. He takes the battle as His own and tells us, “Child, relax. I’ve got this one.” That’s the kind of compassion and kindness our Father shows us.
The Lord promises – “I will not fail you, nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5 – KJV) and “lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20 – KJV) There is absolutely nothing in the world that can take us away from God’s unconditional love. In Romans 8: 38-39, Paul says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)”
I Belong >> Kathryn Scott:
There is no one who is perfect. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 – NIV) and “There is no one righteous, not even one;” (Romans 3:10 – NIV). There is no sin we commit that God cannot forgive. When Christ died on the cross around 2000 years ago, he paid the price for all of our sins. With His gift of Salvation, we can enter into His presence with pardon for our sins. Within the context of human nature, it is impossible to remain Holy, although we can strive to be. However, it is in God’s perfect plan that we are made to be completely dependent on Him. We can do nothing without Him. Even when we back slide but return to Him, He awaits us with open arms, as He is the only one who can undo what I’ve become.
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