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Marriage Part 2 – Forgiveness

1 Timothy 1:16

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

IMG_0301What is the worst thing you can remember you ever did?  That’s an ice breaker question when you get together with friends.  It might amaze you what some have done.  They might be amazed at what you confess as well.  You can even play it with your parents when you have passed the statute of limitations if there is such a time frame with your parents.  I heard of some telling their parents some of the things they did when they were younger – at times with a good result and at times not!

When we think of our sins – we often quantify them – from worst to those little things we hardly think are worth naming.  Yet we are reminded that sin is sin and even the smallest sin separates us from God and needs forgiveness.

Paul had the view that his sins were the worst – that he was the worst of sinners.  This wasn’t Paul being modest or humble – totally – because before his conversion (as Saul) he persecuted the church – persecuted the Body of Christ.  He saw this as a major sin and was humbled to know that Christ forgave him such a major sin and would now use him to draw others to Christ.

So – what is your worst sin?  In today’s passage – Paul says – if God can forgive me – God will forgive you.  This is an awesome word of comfort – because we have some serious sins in our lives.  To know that we have a loving God who will accept our confession and repentance and forgive us is such a blessing.  Some people we know will say they forgive us but will hold our past against us.  God forgives – as if we never sinned.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  To be purified of all unrighteousness is to remove our sin as far as the east is from the west.  Psalms 103:11-12 – 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Sunday we begin a new sermon series titled Marriage – Part 2.  The first sermon in the series is titled Forgiveness.  Do we hold the past against our partners or are we forgiving?  Forgiveness is essential in marriage because – as we said yesterday in the sermon – we live in a broken world with imperfect partners.  Forgiveness is essential dear readers.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


July 13, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,

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