Freed by Forgiveness

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Hebrews 9:14

One of the most damaging lies we can believe is, “God’s love must be earned.”  Many times this belief has come from a background in which either the church, the family, or both has taught in subtle or not so subtle ways that our actions affect whether  or not God loves us.  And we have fallen into the trap of thinking that the more we sin, the more God hates us.  The “tapes” in our head continually blast, “You blew it again, so God hates you. ” Well, God does hate sin, but He loves us sinners!

When we live with such a distorted view  of God, we either give up or back so far away from “religion” so that we no longer try to live the Christian life.  It is only when we understand that God’s love is unchanging that we can begin to have the freedom God wants us to have. God wants to live a godly life, as free from sin as possible.  And His forgiveness makes it possible for us to try.  When we sin, as God knows we will,we can come to Him and ask for forgiveness.  We will still suffer the consequences of our sin, but God has graciously provided a way for us to start over, again and again.first disc 065

Thought:  God’s love can’t be earned.  He gives it freely when we accept the provision Christ made on the cross.




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