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The Blessing of Being Forgiven - Part 2 (2 of 4)
INTRODUCTION: “God does not permit His children to sin successfully.” Charles Spurgeon
“Sin is a serpent and he that covers sin does but keep it warm, that it may sting the more fiercely, and disguise the venom and the vulgarity there the more effectually.” John Donne
This text speaks of the Lord’s disciplining (chastening) of David for about a year and how he was made miserable until he stopped lying, humbled Himself before God, and confessed his sins in repentance.
Chastening (disciplining) isn’t a judge punishing a criminal; it’s a loving Father dealing with His disobedient children to bring them willingly to the place of surrender.
The Lord’s discipline is a biblical reminder of our genuine faith and proof of His love and desire that we partake of His character (Hebrews 12:5-11)
Forgiven sin is better than accumulated wrath. The remission of sin is indefinitely to be preferred before all that glitter and the glare of this world’s prosperity. The gratification of creature passion and earthly desire is elusive, a shadow and a fiction; but the blessedness of the justified, the blessedness of the man to whom God imparted righteousness is substantial and true.
“Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
A Promise To Encourage Your Embrace
“For I will forgive the iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
A Prayer To Encourage Your Embrace
Our Father and our God. Author of love, I throw myself upon Your holy grace. Only You, Lord can pardon my offense against You, for it is Your law I transgress. Thank you for your underserved mercy, forgiveness, and love. Thank you for Jesus, who died to redeem me. Amen
Note: J. C. Viger
Last week: “The Delight of Forgiveness,” now
II. THE DECLINE BEFORE FORGIVENESS
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