Have you ever felt that way? Ever felt like no one else knows the way that you feel? Have you felt like you can’t get past the mistakes you’ve made? Ever felt like you just can’t win?
Do you have trouble sleeping…just thinking about something that you’ve done, something that you’ve said?
We’re like the girl driving her dad’s car in reverse around the block in the middle of the night. When the policeman pulled her over she said, “I put too many miles on it, so I was trying to unwind some of it.”
We’ve all made mistakes! That’s why at CBC we like to say that in our church there’s “No Perfect People Allowed”.
Before people used the word “Christian” to make fun of Jesus followers…one of the ways they referred to believers was, “people of The Way”. They were trying to find a word to describe people that were completely different.
When we receive God’s forgiveness we are forever changed! No more looking back over your shoulder! You’re clean!
You can laugh again. You are changed. You can now live a whole new “way”! You find a new “way” of living.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus is our way to forgiveness!
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 5:35,38-39
God is merciful! “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.” Lam 3:22
“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, & abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.” Ps 86:5
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9