Do you know the beauty of repentance and forgiveness?
Last week we found that forgiveness only comes from Jesus (John 5:22 KJV) and not man (Mark 2:7 KJV).
We also found that forgiveness only comes after we repent and confess our sins (1John 1:9 KJV) to Jesus who will ultimately cast them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19 KJV).
So what happens after our sins are forgiven?
Jesus told the woman caught in adultery after none of her accusers condemned her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11-12 KJV).
Is it possible to “sin no more?” The Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillipians 4:13 KJV) and Jesus would never tell us to do something that is impossible to do.
Jesus wants us to realize that we have a part to act in overcoming sin.
The Bible says, “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression” (Psalms 19:13 KJV).
Presumptuous sin is taking forgiveness for granted by thinking we can continue living like the devil because we have confessed our sins. However, Jesus wants us to quit going where we were going, doing what we were doing, saying what we were saying, watching what we were watching, listening to what we were listening, and the list goes on.
Jesus wants us to do things with Him because when we confess and find forgiveness in Him, He calls us His friends (John 15:15 KJV) and He then says, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14 KJV).
What does He say if we don’t obey Him? “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4 KJV).
What a beautiful relationship we can have with our Saviour. And as we walk with Him and talk with Him our relationship grows even more to a loving relationship and then He says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15 KJV).
This is the greatest love (John 15:13 KJV) but He’s not asking us to literally die but to die to self and let Him live in us” (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
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