GOD’S FORGIVENESS OF SINS

 

God forgives all sins, no matter how big

Why would God want to forgive?

“I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives. And anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. There will be people on Mount Zion in Jerusalem who escape, just as the Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom the Lord has called.”

Joel 2:30-32  

If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

1 John 1:8-9 

Bound by His Word

“Why would God want to forgive people who have spent a lifetime denying him and hurting him? Why doesn’t he just zap them? In our humanity we say that certain people don’t deserve forgiveness. In his sovereignty and perfect love. God says, “I love and forgive those who, to others, appear unsalvageable.” This is just one of the ways in which God’s thoughts are beyond our own. His mercy is so overwhelming that it can seem unreasonable to us. Are you willing to let God’s mercy do as it wishes  with anyone?1


If His conditions are met, God is bound by His Word to forgive any man or any woman of any sin because of Christ.

Billy Graham2

1from the TouchPoint Bible with commentaries by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers (Tyndale) p 760
2quoted in Wise Words & Quotes by Vernon McLellan (Tyndale) p 102

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

LOVE

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalms 56:3 (KJV)


Matthew 5:43 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew 5:44 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:46 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Matthew 6:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:24 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 10:37 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 12:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Matthew 17:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Matthew 19:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 22:37 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Matthew 22:39 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 23:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Matthew 24:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mark 1:11 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mark 9:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
Mark 10:21 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 12:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mark 12:30 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mark 12:31 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:33 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Mark 12:38 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
Luke 3:22 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luke 6:27 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luke 6:32 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luke 6:35 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luke 7:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Luke 7:42 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Luke 7:47 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Luke 9:35 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

HOPE

 

Luke 6:34 | View whole chapter | See verse in context

And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luke 23:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
Acts 2:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Acts 16:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
Acts 23:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Acts 24:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
Acts 24:26 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
Acts 26:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
Acts 26:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope‘s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
Acts 27:20 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
Acts 28:20 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
Romans 4:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Romans 5:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Romans 5:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 8:20 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Romans 8:24 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Romans 8:25 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 12:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 15:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 9:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
1 Corinthians 13:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1 Corinthians 13:13 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 15:19 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
2 Corinthians 1:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
2 Corinthians 3:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
2 Corinthians 8:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
2 Corinthians 10:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

Galatians 5:5 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

FAITH

JESUS SOON COMING

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 (KJV)


FAITH

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Galatians 2:16 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

1 Peter 3:18-22 – For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:   (Read More…)

John 6:47 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 6:50-71 – This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.   (Read More…)

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

John 20:19-24 – Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.   (Read More…)

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

James 2:14 – What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Romans 2:6-8 – Who will render to every man according to his deeds:   (Read More…)

John 6:55-59 – For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.   (Read More…)

Mark 10:52 – And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

John 6:67-71 – Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?   (Read More…)

Hebrews 11:1-3 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   (Read More…)

Matthew 9:6-8 – But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.   (Read More…)

Mark 16:15-16 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.   (Read More…)

Ephesians 3:14-20 – For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,   (Read More…)

Acts 2:38-39 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.   (Read More…)

John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   (Read More…)

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Hebrews 11:1-40 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.   (Read More…)

MY HOPE IN THE DAY OF EVIL

 

Morning

ETERNAL LIFE IS IN CHRIST

“Thou art my hope in the day of evil.”
Jeremiah 17:17

The path of the Christian is not always bright with sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of storm. True, it is written in God’s Word, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;” and it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below as well as bliss above; but experience tells us that if the course of the just be “As the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day,” yet sometimes that light is eclipsed. At certain periods clouds cover the believer’s sun, and he walks in darkness and sees no light. There are many who have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season; they have basked in the sunshine in the earlier stages of their Christian career; they have walked along the “green pastures” by the side of the “still waters,” but suddenly they find the glorious sky is clouded; instead of the Land of Goshen they have to tread the sandy desert; in the place of sweet waters, they find troubled streams, bitter to their taste, and they say, “Surely, if I were a child of God, this would not happen.” Oh! say not so, thou who art walking in darkness. The best of God’s saints must drink the wormwood; the dearest of his children must bear the cross. No Christian has enjoyed perpetual prosperity; no believer can always keep his harp from the willows. Perhaps the Lord allotted you at first a smooth and unclouded path, because you were weak and timid. He tempered the wind to the shorn lamb, but now that you are stronger in the spiritual life, you must enter upon the riper and rougher experience of God’s full-grown children. We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ. The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.

Evening

ASK & JESUS WILL GIVE YOU DRINK

“The Lord taketh pleasure in his people.”
Psalm 149:4

How comprehensive is the love of Jesus! There is no part of his people’s interests which he does not consider, and there is nothing which concerns their welfare which is not important to him. Not merely does he think of you, believer, as an immortal being, but as a mortal being too. Do not deny it or doubt it: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” It were a sad thing for us if this mantle of love did not cover all our concerns, for what mischief might be wrought to us in that part of our business which did not come under our gracious Lord’s inspection! Believer, rest assured that the heart of Jesus cares about your meaner affairs. The breadth of his tender love is such that you may resort to him in all matters; for in all your afflictions he is afflicted, and like as a father pitieth his children, so doth he pity you. The meanest interests of all his saints are all borne upon the broad bosom of the Son of God. Oh, what a heart is his, that doth not merely comprehend the persons of his people, but comprehends also the diverse and innumerable concerns of all those persons! Dost thou think, O Christian, that thou canst measure the love of Christ? Think of what his love has brought thee–justification, adoption, sanctification, eternal life! The riches of his goodness are unsearchable; thou shalt never be able to tell them out or even conceive them. Oh, the breadth of the love of Christ! Shall such a love as this have half our hearts? Shall it have a cold love in return? Shall Jesus’ marvellous lovingkindness and tender care meet with but faint response and tardy acknowledgment? O my soul, tune thy harp to a glad song of thanksgiving! Go to thy rest rejoicing, for thou art no desolate wanderer, but a beloved child, watched over, cared for, supplied, and defended by thy Lord.

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Judgements and Righteousness

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:9