As you might have probably noticed by now, every article i have written within the last few weeks have all been connected to the season we are celebrating in one way or another. You might think its too repetitive for me to keep going on and on about what we should and shouldn't do this season. Well, i crave your indulgence to bare with me just a little while longer and we would be done talking about Christmas.
So unto the topic of today, Forgiveness. We are a few days from celebrating Christmas, a day when Jesus Christ the Son Of Man is born, but i bet there are so many people out there who do not feel the joy and happiness yet, even as we are just five days away.
Every day we come across people who try as hard as they can to mask their real emotions with a smile, just to hide away what is tugging at their hearts. And the simple fact of it is, their hearts are heavy. Not with fear,worry or anxiety but with guilt. The guilt of past mistakes, errors and sins.These people have imprisoned themselves with their guilt.
The very reason we are told Christ died on the cross was for our sins. He more than anyone else other than God knew that we are human and by that human nature,will always falter. The significance of His crucifixion was the forgiveness of our sins, both the ones we committed and are to commit. This in no way justifies why we keep sinning neither is it permission for us to keep repeating old mistakes.
But Ephesians 1:6-7 says 'To the praise of the glory of His grace,by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.In Him we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins,according to the riches of His grace.' and 1 John 1:9 says 'If we confess our sins,He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness'.
From the two passages above, it is very clear that God does not hold us in contempt of our past words or deeds, but invites us to come into His presence , seeking for forgiveness with a clean and genuine heart. Then He , in His infinite mercy and love will always forgive us. He is our father and we are His children. If our earthly and mortal parents can forgive our shortcomings, what more of our Heavenly and Eternal Father.
It doesn't matter how stained your past is or what mistakes you committed. What matters to God and Christ Jesus, is that you are sorry enough and realize that mistake to ask for forgiveness and to not repeat the same actions in the future. What matters to God is our hearts, our willingness to admit our faults, our genuine and sincere apology and our willingness to continue to walk in His ways.
Hebrews 8:12 says 'For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.'Thank God for being God in our lives, because were it dependent on us, the world would be filled with hate and people holding grudges against others for their mistakes.
But as much as God forgives us, we cannot fully receive the mercy and grace that comes with His forgiveness if we do not forgive ourselves first. It is alright to let go of the guilt and realize that we are only human and bound to fall again. The difference is when we decidedly choose to not falter again, at least not in the same aspect or way.
So before Christmas gets here, make it a point to free your mind, body and soul of whatever guilt that you have been carrying around and let the love of our Savior touch you in a special way. And when it does, be open and ready to accept His forgiveness and receive the mind-blowing peace, grace, mercy and love that comes with it. It is Christmas after all, and you cannot give love if you do not have love. And you can only give love, Christ love when you accept the one He is offering you through forgiveness.
Free yourself and be ready to receive Jesus, our forgiveness this season. Merry Christmas to all.