Believers are to have hope in every situation. The foundation of this hope is Jesus Christ in whom we have assurance, authority, and access to the Father. Reverend Wanje, reiterated Romans 6:23; “…all have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). Our hope may be dashed when we perceive God as unforgiving and uncompassionate. The good news is that God is good, abounding in love, and forgives all sins. It is His nature to forgive those that call on Him (Psalm 86:5). God forgives general and generational sins (Psalms 51:1-7 & 103:3). When God forgives, He separates us from our sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). God changes our status from being sinful to being forgiven. He desires and expects us to turn away from sin, and serve only Him.
Dave and John were college buddies. Upon graduation, they started a company to sell and repair computer equipment. Their business thrived though not enough to cater to their increasing financial needs. Without informing his partner, Dave got employed by one of their clients. This created ‘bad blood’ between the two. Though Dave retained his shareholding in their company, John considered Dave a traitor and told everyone as such. He stopped talking to Dave. All this drove Dave to cede his shareholding to John without payment, but amazingly, over time, he referred other companies to get services from John. John came to learn, from his increasing clientele base, that Dave had referred them. John humbled himself and asked Dave to forgive him. Their friendship was restored.
- How is your relationship with God?
- If you have wronged anyone, seek God’s forgiveness; He is forgiving and waits for you.
Lord, I know I have done things I shouldn’t have done and neglected those I ought to have cared for. I seek Your forgiveness. Restore my relationship with You, I pray. Amen