” If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.”
Friday we discussed the Seriousness of Sin, and how it affects our lives. Today I want us to look at the flip side of that coin: The Freedom of Forgiveness.
Freedom: It is such a big issue these days. It seems everywhere you turn people are talking about it. They want freedom of speech, freedom of religion. Some women are seeking freedom to control their own bodies and their decisions. Others are fighting for the freedom to choose who they want to marry.
The freedom I want to talk about today does not have to be fought for. You do not have to earn it, you do not have to work for it, you do not have to protest in order to be heard. It has already been fought for and it is free for the taking. All you have to do is receive it. It is a gift.
I am talking about the gift of salvation, the gift of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is free, and it will bring you freedom like you have never known.
Friday we talked about the three things that sin causes in our lives: Sin saturates, separates, and it destroys.
Today I want us to look at forgiveness and what it brings. I want you to notice how different the two are.
First, Forgiveness cleanses and heals.
It heals the hurt that sin has caused. It cures that cancer-like sickness that threatens to destroy our very being. Forgiveness is like a salve that soothes a broken heart. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Have you ever gotten hurt? Maybe as a child you fell and scraped your knee, maybe you have burned your hand on the stove, or you have cut yourself working outside. How good does it feel when you dress that wound? You may put a Band-Aid on it, or you may have some sort of ointment that you can apply. How soothing is that?
Forgiveness is just like that. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we let Him come in and clean us up. He dresses those wounds that sin has caused, and He begins to heal our brokenness.
Second, Forgiveness brings fellowship.
Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” You see, friend, where sin separates and causes loneliness, forgiveness brings fellowship.
Jesus wants a relationship with you. We just read that He stands at our heart’s door and knocks. He waits for us to open the door of our hearts to Him. When we do, then Jesus will come in and fellowship with us. He will abide in our hearts, and then we no longer have to feel that separation that sin brings. We have someone with us all the time, communing with us, caring about us. “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”
Third, Forgiveness brings freedom.
As sinners, we have no hope, nothing to which we can look forward. We are bound, trapped by our sin. But, oh the freedom we receive when we allow Jesus to come in and break those bonds of sin! Forgiveness sets us free.
When we accept Jesus into our hearts, He gives us new life, and the promise of a home in Heaven with Him some day. We do not have to let the things of this world get us down. We read in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
In a world where freedom is being begged for, sought after, and fought for, we know where to find it. Freedom can only come through salvation. When we accept Jesus into our lives, we receive freedom from sin, and then as we grow in Christ, everything else will begin to make sense.
Our World needs freedom, but not the kind of freedom for which we are fighting. We need freedom from Sin. We need the kind of freedom that can only come from the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It has already been paid for. This freedom is offered to each of us today. All we have to do is receive it.
What about you, friend? Will you accept this freedom that is being offered today?
Will you allow sin to saturate your life, or will you let forgiveness cleanse you? Will you let Jesus heal your sickness, your brokenness?
Are you going to allow sin to cause separation, or will you accept the fellowship that only forgiveness can bring? Salvation is the only way.
Are you going to sit back and allow sin to destroy your life, or will you allow Jesus to come in and free your soul from the destruction that will surely come outside of the forgiveness of sin?
The choice is yours. It has been laid out for you. What will you choose to do?
I pray, right now, that you have chosen forgiveness. I pray that if you do not know the freedom that forgiveness can bring, that you will accept it right where you are. Ask Jesus to cleanse your heart today, allow him to come in and fellowship with you, and experience the freedom of salvation.
If you have made a decision for Christ, I would like to hear about it. You can leave a comment here for everyone to read or you can contact me by e-mail.
If you have read this today, but have not made a decision for Christ, I want to encourage you not to wait. You never know when it might be too late. We are not promised tomorrow, today, or even our next breath. If you have questions you would like to ask, feel free to contact me or leave your questions here. I will be happy to answer them the best I can.
God bless you.