Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
18“Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
17This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Remember that lie you told about, doing the dishes? God will forgive that. Unfortunately, not all our sins are going to be simple white lies. What about when we get caught up in the wrong crowd, or involving ourselves with someone intimately, or feeling like we can run away from our addictions. Can God forgive all that?
I thought that my sins were just too atrocious to be forgiven. I was disgusted with myself and knew God couldn’t possibly want somebody like me to a part of His community, to be a Christian most of all.
But God proved me wrong! I sincerely confessed, from the bottom of my heart, and even after all that, God has forgiven me. Isaiah literally says that no matter how big the sin, it will become white like a snow. My sin is gone— wiped completely out of God’s memory. Isn’t that amazing? God comes into our lives and forgets about all of it.
Is there something bothering you? Something putting weight on you? Something coming between you and God? Just know that your sin is never bigger that God! God is the most loving being who exists. It’s okay to make mistakes. We can learn from them and try to do better. But don’t let your mistakes put distance between you and God. Confess, and experience God’s total forgiveness.
The author is a high school student from Saskatchewan, Canada.
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