Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame

Psalm 51 1-2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

There isn’t anything you can do to earn God’s forgiveness. You are forgiven because of who God is not who you are. You are forgiven because God is merciful, loving and compassionate towards His people. God sent His only Son to pay the price for your sins. You have been washed from your sins by the precious blood of the Lamb. Confess that you are a sinner who needs a Savior and believe that Jesus died to save you. You can let go of the guilt and shame of sin you’ve been carrying with you because God has forgiven you and wiped your slate clean and now it’s time for you to forgive yourself and live the life God has planned for you.

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Overlook Offenses

Proverbs 19 11 2

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 19:11

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Wise people are patient when others act offensively towards them. They don’t act or speak without thinking first. It doesn’t mean they accept what is contrary to their values and beliefs. It means they take time to evaluate the situation and act accordingly with patience and integrity. We’re living in a time where everyone is easily offended and are quick to anger, judge and criticize each other. We don’t necessarily have to agree with everyone, but we do need to be kind. Hurt people, hurt people, wise people try to understand. Instead of becoming angry show the offender God’s love and forgive them as God also forgives your offenses.

Standing in the Gap

Luke 5 20

 

Verse of the Day:  Luke 5:20

And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man your sins are forgiven you.”

 

In Luke chapter 5 some men carried a paralyzed man to see Jesus for healing. When they couldn’t reach Him, because of the crowds, they didn’t give up and they went through the roof. When Jesus saw their faith He forgave the man’s sins and his body was healed. Had it not been for the faith of the friends the man may never have been healed. You may know someone who is going through something so difficult it’s beginning to weaken their faith. That’s where your own faith comes in to play.  You can be the bridge to God by praying and interceding for your friends and family. You can stand in the gap by letting your faith carry them when they are weak.

Special Purposes  

2 Timothy 2 21

 

Verse of the Day:  2 Timothy 2:21

Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

 

No matter what you’ve done in the past God can still use you for his purpose.  When you come to God and turn away from sin you are forgiven and made clean.  God loves you and has a purpose for your life.  Get right with God and prepare yourself to do his work for only he can turn your mess into a message.

Christmas is For-Giving

Matthew 6 14-15

 

Verse of the Day:   Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

We have all made mistakes, none of us are perfect. There are times we need to ask for forgiveness and there are times we need to forgive. How can we come to God asking for forgiveness when we have not forgiven?  When we hold on to blame and offenses it creates an environment of bitterness in our heart. Let go of the anger and give the gift of forgiveness not only for the offender but for yourself as well.

Forgiveness and Guilt

Psalm 51 2 NLT

 

Verse of the Day: Psalm 51:2 (NLT)

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.

 

There isn’t anything you can do to earn God’s forgiveness. You are forgiven because of who God is not who you are. God sent His only Son to pay the price for your sins. You need to confess that you are a sinner who needs a Savior and believe that Jesus died to save you. You can let go of the guilt you’ve been carrying because God has forgiven you and now it’s time to forgive yourself.

Standing in the Gap

Luke 5 20

 

Verse of the Day:  Luke 5:20

And when He saw their faith, he said, “Man your sins are forgiven you.”

 

You may know someone who is going through something so difficult it’s beginning to weaken their faith in God.  That’s where your own faith comes in to play.  Did you know that you can be the bridge to God by praying and interceding for your friends and family?  You can stand in the gap for your friends and family by letting your faith carry them when they are weak.