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Appreciate God’s forgiveness!

Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2019

LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.” (Psalm 38:1) 

hands-4051469_1920In our day and age there is a noticeable movement to not talk about or at least downplay sin.  Our postmodern generation lives by the idea that I dare not tell you what you should or shouldn’t do and you won’t tell me what I should or shouldn’t do.

Christian author Tim Keller puts the whole subject in perspective this way “Sin isnʼt only doing bad things; it’s more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things. Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God. Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave us.”.

Whether you want to call it sin or not, each of us has an inborn, innate sense of right and wrong.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have the feeling and plea of the Psalmist in our verse for this week.

Our verse for this week is the humble, honest plea of every single human being.  We realize that we rightly deserve the full wrath and anger of God and that leads to a heartfelt plea which seeks to find a way out.

The great news is that we have a way out which gives us peace and the assurance of full forgiveness – in the perfect life and innocent death of Jesus.  That is what gives each of us comfort for our soul and allows us to share the care and comfort of the soul with everyone who doesn’t know Jesus as their Savior and have the same peace we do and even those who know Jesus, but are troubled.

People are not very ready or open to share that fear that they have of the anger of God or punishment for their sin.  But when you find a person who is truly hurting because of sin, what a joy and privilege to be able to share with them that every single last one of their sins is forgiven and they don’t need to fear God’s anger.

Live in that peace you have in Jesus and share it whenever you have the opportunity!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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