WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offences like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (Isaiah 44:22)
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 44:21–28
[Charles Spurgeon once said] Abundant sin is no barrier to the superabundant grace of God! Satan is involved when you think that you must suffer for your sin. You may think that if you berate yourself enough times, if you live under a cloud of constant condemnation (which admittedly all of us deserve), you are thereby making true forgiveness more likely. But no. You do not have to berate yourself or inflict pain on your body. Forgiveness is a free gift to those who receive it. Once again you’re faced with either believing God or believing your emotions, which frequently deceive you.
The bottom line is that we must have such firm trust in what Jesus has done for us that we choose to disbelieve our feelings of worthlessness, residual guilt, and hopelessness. Depression and regret don’t reflect reality. A defiled conscience produces unbelief, anxiety, fear, and hopelessness. A cleansed conscience produces assurance, peace, and hope.
Thankfully, no sin is unpardonable. In the dozens of promises in the New Testament regarding salvation, the invitation is never restricted because somebody committed a sin that was too big. For God, the issue is never the greatness of the sin, but the willingness of the sinner to believe the good news of the gospel.
– Erwin Lutzer in The Power of a Clear Conscience
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