The God who forgives – in touch
The god who forgives
Matthew 6: 9-13
Jesus Christ gave his followers a pattern of prayer that includes the daily search for forgiveness. The invitation to regular repentance is not a means of renewing our salvation, but a maintenance plan for our fellowship with the Lord. If we trust Jesus as our Redeemer, our sins will be forgiven forever. The stains from our past, present and future are removed from our records. However, we are a fallen people, so we continue to commit sin.
With the exception of Jesus Christ, no one is perfect. Sin is simply a fact of human life. Paying the Lord for our transgressions means that we can look forward to an eternity that we have spent in God's presence instead of receiving the punishment we deserve. On this side of the sky, however, we still have to deal with our tendency to do something wrong – and we also have to deal with the consequences. The Lord's exhortation to ask forgiveness daily is a reminder to confess our sins and turn away from them because we are forgiven.
God's grace is not a license to sin; Instead, it is a reason to strive for justice. Bad attitudes, thoughtless actions and unfriendly language don't match who we are as children of light. We are new creatures in Christ bought for a price and free to live as partners of His grace.
Salvation enables us to enter the presence of God while regular confession and repentance keep the way well and keep us free from obstacles (1 John 1: 9). The so-called "sinner prayer" needs to be said only once, but a saint will resort to God's forgiveness every day of his life.
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Originally published April 18, 2020.