Blessed! Part 1
I have a friend who whenever I ask her, “How are you?” she always responds by, “I am blessed and highly favoured!” At first I used to think she was just pretending to be too spiritual, but as I thought about it I came to learn that she is indeed blessed and favoured, and this is not because of what she has or where she comes from; it’s because of who she is in Christ. The same is true for all followers of Christ; they are all blessed and favoured by God.
Here’s one way we have blessed and favoured: Through Christ’s death and resurrection God has granted us eternal forgiveness. Colossians 2:13 reads “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,” (NIV). Did you get that? God forgave us all our sins… our past, present and even future sins! Space and time are not enough for me to explain what all that means but this is a truth taught in both the Old and New Testaments. Just search “God’s forgiveness” on Google and you will be surprised. The Bible is saturated with God’s full and eternal forgiveness of our sins and He wants you to know that if you’re a follower of Jesus He has forgiven all your sins and remembers them no more (Isaiah 43:25).
So, as A.W. Tozer wrote, “You have been forgiven, so act like it!” How? First, take God’s forgiveness seriously because it cost the life of His dear Son. Deal immediately and harshly with your sin by confessing it to God and turning away from it (1 John 1:9). Second, remember that Jesus paid for all your sins so don’t live in guilt and shame of any sin. Receive His forgiveness by faith and walk in His freedom. Though you’re not perfect, you’ve been fully and completely forgiven. Third, as Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Who is God asking you to forgive right now? As someone said, you will never have to forgive more than God has forgiven you. Forgiving others is for your own good. Lastly, why not share the forgiveness message with your unbelieving friends so that they too can become blessed?
Point to Ponder
“No child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness.” John Bunyan
You’re blessed so stay blessed!