Psalm 147:3, Psalm 130:3-4
If thou, Lord shouldest mark iniquities, who shall stand? But, there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. He healest the broken heart; He gathered together the outcasts of Israel.
This being the Crucifixion and resurrection season, I felt compelled to write about forgiveness which is what God does once we as believers accept His Son Jesus’ atoning work on Calvary’s cross, which was to atone and forgive sin. The difference between Christ’s atonement and the earthly priests atonement is that Christ’s atonement forgave sin whereas the earthly priests atonement covered over sin and this ritual was repeated yearly while Christ’s was a one-time event.
We celebrate this season with full knowledge that we all were pardoned of our sins and our LORD was bruised for our iniquities. He forgave us for our sins, but when our fellowman wrongs us, often times we lack the forgiving spirit of our Savior. We are to forgive others as we have been forgiven by God and our sins are remembered no more. Once we learn to forgive our fellowman as our Savior has forgiven us a healing will begin. It is as though a heavy burden has been lifted.
Genesis 20:17-18 deals with healing and forgiveness that was granted by God when Moses asks God for forgiveness for the people of Israel because of their sins. This occurred during their exodus out of Egypt. God forgave Israel and continues to forgive; must we.
God the Father deals with the heart of humanity and sees the repentant heart where He heals the broken hearted; He gathers the outcasts who say, Lord I need forgiveness and a Savior, then transformation occurs. The person’s sins are forgiven and is restored to a life of righteousness. The transformation that has taken place in the heart will manifest itself in living godly lives which include forgiving others as we have been forgiven.
Let us forgive, heal, and live.
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