God's Great Promise of Forgiveness

Posted Sep 02, 2011 by Mark A Hornbeck in General Hits: 4,185

Micah 7:18-19 - Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

    This week as I pondered the blessings that the Father and Son have given to me and my family, I am again amazed at the love of God. I look at the times I fail them both and still their mercies and love are poured out in spite of my shortcomings. We, as the church and as God’s individual children, have been blessed with such an outpouring of love and truth. Yet how often have we failed to allow Jesus to abide in our hearts so that His love can shine out for the world to see.  

        My thoughts go back to King David who in spite of God’s amazing love and blessings fell so low as to commit adultery with another man’s wife and then murder the man to try and cover his sin. Yet because of his humble spirit of contrition and repentance, God still loved and blessed King David although he was not totally sheltered from the effects of his sin.  

        We, like David, have all fallen short of what God would have us to be and like David we may have to suffer the consequences of our choices. But God still loves us and promises to have mercy on us and to cast our sins into the depths of the sea. We only need come to God in true humility and ask God to forgive us. Even more, God promises to subdue our sins and give us true victory over them. What an amazing promise.  

        “We are privileged to see Jesus as he is, to know him as One who is full of compassion, courteousness, and divine politeness. He is good and merciful, and will forgive our sins. Of him it is written, "Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted." We should cherish love and gratitude, we should look unto Jesus, and become transformed into his image. The result of this will be increased confidence, hope, patience, and courage.” Special Testimonies to Ministers and Workers -- No. 3 page 58 (1895) Do we not all need and want that in our lives today? Look to Jesus and live, for why should we die oh house of Israel!