I am Forgiven

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God desires relationship.

From the beginning, God’s desire was to be in relationship with His children. He knit us together in our mother’s womb and watched over our first breath...just as He is doing for your baby. He is always pursuing us and patiently waiting for us to come back to Him, but our sin keeps us trapped and separate from the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.

The Bible calls sin a snare that can easily entangle. Sin keeps us focused on our interests, our needs, our wants, and ourselves. It keeps us trapped in shame and fear and estranged from God, who ultimately is the only One who can free us. As a result of sin we have been separated from God. We have chosen to live apart from Him. This hurts God and has severed our relationship with Him.

This separation that sin brings between God and His children causes Him deep anguish. He hates sin and it pains Him to watch us try to go it alone, lost and wondering like sheep without a shepherd. Imagine watching your baby suffer in a deadly, inescapable trap. Wouldn’t you do whatever it took to free your baby and bring him/her home to you? That is the kind of LOVE God has for us!

He sent His only Son.

God is not some emotionless being who reigns from heaven, distant and disengaged. God is very much an emotional being. He has a heart and a soul. He can feel anger, love, joy, peace and pain. God’s act of sacrificial love shows us just how connected, engaged and emotionally ALIVE He really is…He sent His only Son, whom He LOVED, to die. So how do we mend what is broken?

Receive Jesus Christ! Jesus took our place on the cross and died for the sin that has trapped us and kept us from God. “He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on Him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6

Until Jesus, no person ever existed whose life was sinless, whose blood was pure, and who was qualified to purchase forgiveness of sin. It is Jesus’ blood that washes us clean, redeems us into fellowship with God, and marks us as forgiven. Max Lucado said, “Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished, but because the wounded are merciful.” The wounded Savior was merciful, and chose forgiveness! That is why we can thrive in a relationship with God.

When we receive Jesus' sacrifice, we are forgiven! Accept it. Believe it. Go and live it!

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
— Ephesians 1:7 NKJV