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No Sin is too BIG

Have you ever felt that your sin is too BIG for God to forgive? Let me assure you, it’s NOT.

When I was a new believer, I wondered if God could really forgive my sins, or were they too great. Over the years, I felt I needed to keep asking God’s forgiveness for the same old sins of my youth, even though I was a new creation in Christ, the old ways were gone, and I hadn’t returned to them. Was my sin too BIG for God to forgive or was God’s forgiveness too BIG for me to grasp?

No sin is too BIG for God to forgive. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul assures the new Christ followers who previously were sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers, “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

When you accepted that Jesus Christ died for your sins and invited Him into your heart to be your Savior and the Lord of your life, He wiped your sin debt clean. By His death on the cross, He paid the penalty for all your sins—past, present, and future. By His resurrection, He made it possible for you to know and experience a living God who dwells in you. Jesus cleansed you of all unrighteousness, and the Holy Spirit continues to sanctify you through and through (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

It turns out my sins were NOT too great for Jesus to forgive, however, His forgiveness was too BIG for me to comprehend. Once I dug deeper into God’s Word and more fully understood His plan of salvation, I could more fully appreciate His amazing grace and accept His forgiveness. Then I could let go of the guilt and shame I tightly held and claim the freedom that His forgiveness offered me. I no longer dwelled in the prison of my past sin, but I lived the life of peace that God intended for me.

Have you asked Jesus to forgive you? He has. Have you fully accepted His forgiveness? If not, dive into Scripture to more completely understand and appreciate His plan of salvation and His promises. You are a child of God. You are forgiven. You have been washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God. Enjoy the peace that a Spirit-filled life extends to you.


 

Perfect Love

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in his love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:18-21)

Is there someone unlovable in your life? Love him anyway. You are not perfect, but I have loved you perfectly. Therefore, love your brother who is not perfect with the love that you have been given. I loved you first, now you must love another. If you do not love your brother, you cannot say that you love me. I am love. Whoever lives in love, lives in me, and I in him.

I have commanded you to love one another. When you acknowledge Jesus as my Son, I live in you and you in me. I have loved you much. Love another with the same love I have given you. You will find the power to love from the One who lives in you. Do not love based on your own feelings. You may not feel like loving him, but it is the right thing to do. Because I live in you, you have the power to love the way I love.

 In order to love, you must be able to forgive. In order to forgive, you must love. Love is not love, until it is given away. Forgive your brother who has offended you, and you have loved him also. Do as I have commanded you. You will not fear the days ahead, when you walk in the commands I give you. When you love, you need not fear. Fear dreads punishment. There is no punishment for the one who loves me and loves his brother. Do you love me? Then, love him also.