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November 1, 2015

REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalms 32:1)

David comforts his own soul, as he does of others, when he says that those, whose sins are covered, are blessed. (The sins of Old Testament believers were covered and they were ratified as forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ).

Truly, he has a definite reason to say that he was blessed inasmuch he was forgiven by God of the transgression of the law. He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. It was of adultery with Bathsheba and conspiracy against her husband, Uriah and much later of numbering his army. Except for the grace of God he had no chance of being blessed in his life.

The thing that pleased God, of David was that the he repented of his sin, besides obeying the LORD’s commands with regard to wiping away the enemies of Israel from the face of the earth. David’s procrastination in confessing his sin exceedingly troubled him in his heart, and he groaned.. Day and night God’s hand weighed very heavy on him, and his strength waxed weak. His health continually deteriorated as if water in his body evaporated due to the heat of the summer.

David knew that if he confessed his sins in repentance, the LORD does not hold accountable of his sins. David’s comfort arose from the decision he made that read “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”. As soon as he acknowledged his sin before the LORD he was sure that his guilt of sinning against the LOD was forgiven.

David, after receiving assurance of his salvation, hoped that all the faithful would find the LORD when they pray to the LORD. He seeks from others the same attitude of confessing their sins to the LORD. Therefore, David says a man should not be rebellious. The LORD will teach us the way we should tread on. The LORD gives us His counsel with His loving eye on us. He advises us not be like horse or as the mule that have no understanding but must be controlled with bit and bridle lest they hurt us.

The LORD is near unto them that seek Him and He is their shelter to hide them under His wings. He protects us from trouble and causes us to praise Him with songs of deliverance. Many are the afflictions of wicked, but the LORD is near to them that seek Him. There is reason for the righteous and upright in heart to rejoice in the Lord and be glad in Him and sing unto Him praises continually.

“Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee”. Psalm 32:9

Jesus said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28)

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

 

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