As a church, we recognise that throughout biblical history that children of believers are to be recognised as part of the people of God and therefore the sign of the covenant (baptism) is to be given not just to believers but also to children of believers.
If we refuse to forgive others, we need to ask ourselves the question: have I really been saved myself? Have I truly been forgiven by God? One of the evidences that we are a child of God is that we do forgive others. And if we struggle to forgive others, we need to remind ourselves of the enormous debt God has forgiven us. Will you do that?
As you fight your sin, you may feel unsure that God is your keeper. And as you go through ordinary life you will experience hard times spiritually, but when our trust is in God, he promises you that he is your keeper, he is your help and he always will be.
We can only marvel at the dimensions of God’s love. It is so broad that it encompasses men and women, rich and poor, and all the nationalities of the world. It is so long that it is a love which predates the existence of the earth, and will go on, unbroken, into eternity. It is so high, that it will take us up to Heaven one day. And it is so deep that Jesus was willing to stoop down and come into this earth to save the worst of sinners like us.
At home, at work and in church, take your impossible situations and bring them to God in prayer, knowing that he loves to display his glory in our lives.
We don’t face troubles on our own. ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ (Exodus 14:14)
Are you ashamed of things you have done in your life? Are you ashamed of squeezing God out of your life and living apart from him? There is hope for you. God’s grace is greater than all our sins. Why not come to him in prayer right now, in the quietness of your own hearts, and confess your sin, and wait for the dawn to break, which it surely will.
Sometimes we look at something and assess its value and we get it totally wrong. You can get it wrong about a second-hand car, and that’s not the end of the world. But if we get it wrong about Jesus, we’ll ignore the only one who can forgive our sins. We’ll ignore the one who, in love, offers himself to us.
Friends, if your faith is in Jesus, he has saved you from the penalty of sin, he is saving you from the power of sin, and one day, praise to his name, he will save you from the presence of sin!
‘Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Wouldn’t you like to hear those words from God today? You can! It is possible right now to experience it if we admit our guilt and cry out to God to clean us.
We are broken by sin, but renewed by the atoning work of God, and commissioned with the Great Commission, to tell everyone that we have good news for them.
God’s grace is absolutely amazing. If you know this then recommend it to others. But if this is a new to you, then don’t let the moment pass. God’s amazing grace is for you. Believe in your heart, and you too can be freed from the terrible disease of sin. And Jesus will come into your life to help you to change and to become more like him.