Devotions

Need #1

Forgive | Devotion #1: Need #1
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments.” Luke 23:34

Ravi Zacharias has said, “One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven…works have a place – but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.” 

Jesus lived and died with the goal of providing forgiveness for our sins. In Matthew 26:28, while Jesus was giving instructions on the institution of the Lord’s Supper, He said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” His death was all about the forgiveness of sins.

The topic of God’s forgiveness is so important that it is repeated often in Scripture.

“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.” 1 John 2:12

“Then he adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’” Hebrews 10:17

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” Psalm 86:5

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12

“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19 

Billy Graham would regularly point out man’s need for forgiveness. He said. “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” 

God offers us forgiveness. We do not earn or deserve it. It is all about Him, C.S. Lewis made a challenging point when he said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” 

We are forgiven. We are changed. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”



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