“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” Psalm 32:1 Notice how the Psalmist does not say, “Blessed is he who has never sinned.” Although, certainly there would be awesome blessing in a sinless life, that blessing would be out of our reach.
The very familiar Romans 3:23 tells us, “for all have sinned”. You, me, the beggar on the street corner, the king in the palace…sin has left its dreadful mark on humanity–and we have let it.
Blessed is the man
But “blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity”. Have you ever thought about that? I mean, really sat and considered what a huge statement that is? The Lord, the Great Creator, the Sinless One, is willing to essentially ignore the fact that we have ever sinned.
The price is paid
One of the first things we learn as Christians–and one of the first things that we should be teaching the children–is that that “ignorance” is not free. Christ paid the price with His very own blood. He bought the gift. He offers it to us.
And like any gift, we don’t have to take it.
The thing is, if we choose not to accept it, we choose not to have it. It is that simple.
A heavy heart
David felt the groaning of his spirit. He sensed the Holy Spirit calling to his heart, “Come to Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden”.
When we stubbornly hold onto our sins, we feel burdened. In spite of the devil’s claims that the wages of sin is life, freedom, and happiness, deep down, we know otherwise.
The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
The law of Heaven is the law of liberty. (James 2:12)
In the presence of God is fulness of joy. (Psalm 16:11)
How do we get forgiven?
How do we go from heaviness to forgiveness?
The path may be painful, but it is certainly not complicated. Psalm 32:5 makes the path to forgiveness very clear:
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.
It all starts with simply admitting to the Lord the thing He already knows: “I have sinned.”
But wait! There’s more….
From there, He takes us in, wraps us in the arms of His protection (verses 6 and 7), and teaches us what to do next (verse 8).
Accept it for yourself…then tell the children! The path to forgiveness is open to all! Praise the Lord!
~Many people struggle with accepting God’s forgiveness. Have you struggled with it yourself? Or, have you helped a child who has? Share your story in the comments.