(Royalties ministering during Picnic Service)
TO THE BIBLE: 2 Corinthians 5:19 TLB
“For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others."
“How can I get God to forgive me?” “What can I do to make God happy with me and love me?” Charles mused, as he watched some other students stroll happily to Church. He thought God disliked him for his bad behaviour and self-destructive habits. Thus, he never attempted to get close to any Christian or go where God was mentioned. Thankfully, the day came when he was invited for a Church meeting, where he heard the wonderful truths of God’s love for him, and he finally realised that God had never been angry with him.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking like Charles did or you know someone who does. Well, the Bible says God was in Christ, reconciling the world—the world of sinners— to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them. “Even after all the terrible things I’ve done?” you say. Yes! The trespasses of everyone in the whole world (including yours) were laid on Jesus Christ.
Today, no one should bear any punishment for his or her sins. Jesus already bore it all for them. Often, we unintentionally do or say the wrong things, but God has made provision for our automatic cleansing (1 John 1:7). He gave no conditions for the cleansing; so you never have to worry about unknown sins in your life.
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.” Thus, after you’re born again, if you do something wrong, and confess it to the Father, He’s dependable and can be trusted to forgive you and cleanse you, not only from that sin, but from all unrighteousness; isn’t that wonderful? He’s not mad at you! He paid the full penalty for all your sins, both past, present, and future!
John 1:29; Isaiah 53:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:21
Dear Father, I thank you for washing away my sins and cleansing me from all unrighteousness, thereby presenting me faultless, holy and unblameable before you in love in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 24:36-53, 2 Samuel 12-14
1 Corinthians 2:12-16, Psalm 145-146
If you’ve done something wrong before reading this message today, just say, “Lord, I receive forgiveness for this wrong in Jesus’ Name,” and know that He heard you.
From: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. “Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo – May 2017 Edition.