Forgiveness - Up To Know Good on Monday

Up To Know Good on Monday

October 09, 2006

cross in sky

Last week, as we usually do, Myron and I were eating breakfast and watching the morning news. We weren’t paying attention to the TV until we heard, “Can you get forgiveness on the internet?” I listened amazed at the debate that ensued. Apparently, there are several websites designed as places to confess sin; anyone can type-out their deepest, darkest secrets. One woman they interviewed said how freeing this was for her. To make the report more dramatic, they also interviewed a couple of religious leaders, some in favor, and some opposed to this format of confession.

Do Good - Find an outlet to admit your wrongdoings. It may be a prayer, a written letter to God, a conversation with a friend, or a confession to a religious leader. As you do, consider what the cross means to you.

What amazed me the most (though not really), was how the media completely ignored God, Jesus, and the cross. After all, confession to a website, friend or religious leader is one thing, but actual forgiveness is quite another. Jesus clearly said that He came with authority to forgive sins. Because of His death and resurrection, we receive forgiveness by a simple confession in our hearts. Despite what the news tried to say, I’m convinced that one can be as far away as the moon, apart from the internet, a friend, and even a religious leader, and still find true forgiveness. It is simply a matter of our sincere regret meeting the reality of Jesus’ work on the cross.

“He [Jesus] told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.’” Luke 24:46-47. Click here to read more of Jesus' conversation with his disciples.

God, I know I’m not perfect. Thanks for the forgiveness You give through Christ and the cross.

Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good.


I pray that you have a great day as you experience and express God's love in fresh, real ways!


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