Accept Forgiveness, Forget It, and Move On: Devotion

30th July 2011 by Bill Davis
So often we see changes that need to be done in our lives. Or sins that need to be repented. We all sin every day and actually none of us are “worthy” on our own to be given eternal life with our Savior. Romans 3:23; “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But God says to repent and you will be saved. Romans 10:9; “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is the Word of God. If you have sinned and sincerely asked for forgiveness, then don’t dwell on it. Learn from it, but don’t question God’s forgiveness. Who are we to say we aren’t cleansed or to continually “live in the past”? Didn’t God say you were forgiven; and who are you to question the Word of God? Paul tells us in Philippians to press forward and forget what is behind but look to what is ahead. We must strive to reach the goal for which God has called us. How can you “reach the goal, pressing on”; if you are dragging the weight of past sins behind you. Paul had a goal in life. Even though he had persecuted the Christians in the past, he had asked for and received forgiveness and guidance. He became obedient to the will of God. He chose to follow Christ, no matter what the consequences were. Life may seem routine and often meaningless. God can add purpose to that life. Christ accepts you out of grace. There is nothing we do without Him in our heart that can earn our way into Heaven. Romans 15:7-8; “Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you, Christ became a servant on behalf of God’s truth to confirm His promises.”
 
Bill Davis  

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