I Am Forgiven
I John 2:12; Isaiah 43:25; Psalm 32:1; Isaiah 43:25; Hebrews 10:17
July 29, 2007
ILLUSTRATION: It is said that not too far from New York, there is a cemetery with a grave, which has inscribed upon its headstone just one word—the word, "Forgiven."
There is no name, no date of birth or death. There is no epitaph, no flattering eulogy—just that one word, "Forgiven."
That, my friend, is the greatest thing that can be said of any man, or written upon any grave? "Forgiven"1
INTRODUCTION: This evening I want to speak to you about forgiveness--two things:
I. A Look at Forgiveness
II. A Look at Unforgiveness
I. A LOOK AT FORGIVENESS
David said, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. (Psalm 51:7-8).
A. Forgiveness of God
1. As Christians, we have experienced something the world cannot offer—money cannot buy it, social standing has no effect on it, no amount of work can achieve it…it is the forgiveness of God. In Isaiah 1:18 the Lord said, Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
2. Sometimes when I think back over my sinful
life--it makes me shutter. But then I think of the day Jesus saved me, and I say to myself, "I am forgiven!" There is nothing worse in life that to carry the burden of unforgiveness.
ILLUS: Not long before she died in 1988, in a moment of surprising candor in television, Marghanita Laski, a well-known secular humanist and novelist, said, "What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me." John Stott, The Contemporary Christian.
3. Every person needs God's forgiveness. None are without sin. 1 John 1:8, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and ...
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