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Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2: Not a Chance!

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NOTE TO SELF: Yesterday I was confronted with that age old pagan notion that Christians should be perfect, and if we are not, we have no right to talk about sin. Who better to talk about sin than those who are less than perfect and are forgiven every day?!

I’m on my fourth marriage. I have a son who was conceived out of wedlock, when I was seventeen, no less. I lived most of my teen and early adult life jumping from one bed to another in hopes of finding love. And in the process, aborted two of my unborn children. With that background, you would automatically assume God couldn’t use me. What use would He have with me?


Sin doesn’t have a chance! For Christians, or anyone else seeking a different way of life, God offers forgiveness to our sins no matter how big or small, no matter what it looks like on the outside or to others. But Wait. This isn’t merely forgiveness, but AGGRESSIVE forgiveness. Here’s what dictionary.com says about the word, aggressive:
1. characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing; 2. making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive; 3. vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness;  4. boldly assertive and forward; pushy; 5. emphasizing maximum growth and capital gains over quality, security, and income.
God attacks our sin with full force, giving us an all-out effort to win and succeed. He’s boldly assertive as He pushes our sin away from us and Him.

As Christians, we have every right to talk about sin to others, because we are sinners, too. The difference is, we have a Father who tells us that our sin doesn’t have a chance with His aggressive forgiveness. And that’s what we need to be telling the world, too. We aren’t perfect…but we are forgiven.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your aggressive forgiveness towards our sin. Help us to always run to you in our transgressions and seek Your lovingkindness. We are sure to find Your love and tender mercies when we turn to You, and away from our sinful nature. Amen.

JOURNAL: What are the sins that God aggressively forgave in your life? How does your life compare from your life of sin to now? Are you willing to tell someone about how God changed your life, and continues to forgive you each and every day, in hopes that they, too, will be forgiven? Why, or why not?

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