Published on REST IN HOPE on August 20, 2015
Acts 17:30 (New Living Translation)
God now commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to Him
We have all done wrong. Why do some Christians today say, “You sinned and you must repent?” It’s because in the Holy Bible, God says he hates sin. Ever since the man and woman sinned, it caused all of us to be separated from Him. The only way we can reconnect with God is by repenting: saying I’m sorry and turning away from sin: the wrong in our life. He loves us and he tells us to live the godly way by dying to self: not wanting to do the sins any more.
Every day we live, people are losing hope, people are self-hurting themselves by cutting or have long term depression, some waste their lives doing things that wreck their bodies, many people even believe they will never amount to anything because of the wrong they did. The sins that we have done, it should never allow us to think we can never be forgiven.
It says in John 3:16 in the New Living Translation: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life”. We can have eternal life because Jesus Christ is the Life. He’s the One that died for us. He died not because he had to but he was willing. He sacrificed His life for us so that we can reconnect with God. If we believe all what Jesus has done for us, believe He has forgiven of our sins, we are saved and going to a place where God is…this is the HOPE.
Christ died so you can be forgiven. He came to put all those sins on himself so you don’t have to go on that cross. He took the pain for you. He took the 40 whippings. He took the mocking and spitting upon. He took the crown of thorns on His head. He did all these things so you can know how precious you are to Him. You have a purpose here on earth. He wants to use you in ways you cannot even imagine.
God knew that He needed to send his son to a broken world that desperately needed a Savior (Romans 5:8). Jesus aroused conquering death and alive today, seating on the right hand with His Father. If you believe in that today, you will be saved and your name will be written in the Book of Life.
Therefore, we also need to remember that when we ask God to forgive us, it’s forgotten. When you go to a store and stolen something, the employees will remember you if you ever go there in the future. Our sins are no more remembered, as far as the east is from the west. If you say sorry to God and really mean it from your heart, your sins are forgiven forever.