FORGIVEN

“I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.”          1 John 2:12 NKJV

 

When John tells the “little children” that their sins are forgiven “for His name’s sake”, he means that their sins are forgiven on account of the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Our sins are not forgiven because of anything that we do. We cannot do penance to work off our debt of sin because Jesus paid the debt in full. We cannot add good works to atone for our sins because Jesus atoned for them fully through His blood. Maybe you are thinking, “But you don’t know all the terrible things that I have done. Doesn’t a really bad sinner have to do something to qualify for God’s forgiveness?” Learn from the apostle Paul who calls himself the foremost of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). In Ephesians 1:7-8, he writes, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” Forgiveness of sins is for His Name’s sake. All we can do is receive it by faith. The forgiveness of sins is something that the youngest child of God can and should experience. It is foundational to our Christian walk that we know that our sins are forgiven, not because of anything in us, but purely because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. The enemy will repeatedly come to accuse and condemn us for our sins. Answer him every time, not with your performance, but with the Name and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, by faith, we receive with thanksgiving Your forgiveness.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, we know the enemy will repeatedly come to accuse and condemn us for our sins. But we answer him every time, not with our performance, but with the Name and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

2 Timothy 2:14-26

 

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