“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
My heart has been aching for some time with the thought that we who say we believe in Jesus have a memory problem.
We seem to have forgotten the cost of sin. Our sin. Big sins. Little sins. Questionable sins.
We conveniently and complacently forget that even our tiniest ‘white’ lie cost Jesus a lashing that broke His muscles down and ripped flesh from His body.
We forget that taking those supplies from the workplace without permission brought about those thorns being pounded into Jesus’ head.
We forget that knowingly accepting that clerk’s mistake in the price that saved us a dollar drove the nails in His hands and feet.
See, it was our need for forgiveness of all those sins so that we could be reconciled to God for which Jesus was beaten, shamed, mocked, and crucified. He did it so we wouldn’t have to suffer eternal separation from God.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a British evangelist and author between 1854 and 1892. His words are eloquent and biting. He brings truth to light and leads us, even some 127 years later, to an understanding we might have never had. I share some of those words with you now:
Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little.
Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness?
Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones?
Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness and woe.
Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil.
Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful.”
No sin is small my friend. Our rescue from it led Jesus to the cross, beaten and bloodied such that He didn’t even look like a man.
It’s time for change.
Today, Believer, let’s make a difficult and necessary choice. Let’s change our mindset to see EVERY sin as THE SIN that crucified our Lord. Let’s quickly confess it and repent of it.
If you’re having a hard time recognizing sin in your life, ask Holy Spirit to show you each one. He will, you need to be ready to listen.
When we do that, we will receive two amazing gifts.
1.) Almighty God will forgive us of that sin and restore us to right standing with Him.
2.) That sin will no longer be something the Accuser can beat us up with.
Ready for real freedom?
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