Posted by Jerry White on Apr 26, 2015
In the light of the Lord’s presence sin’s putrid ugliness is exposed. Against the backdrop of His beautiful holiness our deformity of wretched sinfulness is displayed. If we see ourselves, like Isaiah did, as recorded in 6:1-5, our heart responds, “Woe is me,” or like Paul exclaimed in Romans 7:24, “Wretched man that I am!” With David, one’s soul cries out, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil I your sight” (Psalm 51:4). Deep awareness and conviction of our sin is necessary to humble us so that we pray in true repentance like the tax collector, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Then comes God’s loving response because His Son poured out His blood in death on the cross. He purchased our complete forgiveness by satisfying God’s wrath and justice, and therefore His Word asks, “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33).
The Lord’s words lovingly applies healing to repentant, believing hearts and ushers in His peace.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
Psalms 103:8-14 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Apr 12, 2015
Forgiveness given and received renders freedom. Lack of forgiveness binds the soul. Christians need to receive forgiveness, and extend forgiveness freely. Scripture admonishes strongly and often about the necessity of forgiving one another because it is God’s way of love.
God, as Father to His children, forgives again and again without end. Perfect, infinite love extends forgiveness perfectly and infinitely to each one of His beloved children. This He can do because His only begotten Son fully paid the price for each sin by His blood poured out in death under His Father’s wrath. Not one sin need remain upon the soul of His child. Allowing any sin and subsequent guilt to remain denies God’s love and forgiveness that flows freely and profusely from His throne of grace. The Father wants His children to live in the overflowing fullness of His love, peace, and joy—all the time. Simple confession of known sins by name and receipt of God’s forgiveness by saying thank you, allows the Holy Spirit to make His forgiveness real in one’s heart. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered (Psalm 32:1).
Living in a world where every human being is sinful, it is inevitable that each of us is going to be sinned against. Yes, many times. Also each one of us will sin against others many times. As much as we need God’s forgiveness, others also need our forgiveness and we need theirs. We should extend forgiveness freely and repeatedly to those who sin against us. The Lord Jesus said, And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (Mark11:25). This is not conditioned on their asking for forgiveness. In prayer, even before they ask, we tell God we forgive the person who offended us. It is a choice of our will, not a feeling in our emotions.
We also need humbly to ask for forgiveness when we have sinned against another. The Lord Jesus also said, So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-24).
Forgiveness releases both the one forgiving and the one receiving. The Lord Jesus explains the seriousness of not forgiving others like the Father forgives us in Matthew 6;14 and 18:21-35.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 2, 2014
He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself. now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
Hebrews 9:12, 24 (ESV)
“There is blood in heaven, the blood of the Incarnate God. And because it pleads and prays, argues and intercedes,
the voice of every sin is hushed,
every accusation of Satan is met,
every daily transgression is forgiven,
every temptation of the adversary is repelled,
every evil is averted,
every want is supplied,
and both the present sanctification and the final glorification of the saints are secured.
‘Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us’ (Romans 8:33-34).
Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)
Evening Thoughts, 698
“There is no ground for condemnation since Christ has suffered the penalty; there is no law to condemn us since we are not under law but under grace; there is no tribunal for judgment since ours is not a Throne of Grace, not a judgment; and above all, there is no Judge to sentence us since God Himself, the only Judge, is our Justifier.”
Marcus Rainsford, Sr.
Posted by Jerry White on Sep 5, 2013
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)
“My Lord is more ready to pardon than you to sin, more able to forgive than you to transgress. My Master is more willing to supply your wants than you are to confess them. Never tolerate low thoughts of my Lord Jesus.”
Morning & Evening, August 22, P.M.
“Penitent soul! Dare to believe in the instantaneous forgiveness of sins. Thou has only to utter the confession to find it interrupted with the outbreak of the Father’s love. As soon as the words of penitence leave thy lips, they are met by the hurrying assurance of love, which whilst it hates sin, has never ceased to yearn over the prodigal.”
F. B. Meyer
“Woe, woe is me that I am a sinner, that I grieve this blessed God, who is infinite in goodness and grace!
O, if he would punish me for my sins, it would not wound my heart so deep to offend him;
But though I sin continually, he continually repeats his kindness to me.
At times I feel I could bear any suffering, but how can I dishonor this glorious God?”
The Valley of Vision, 232-233
Edited by Arthur Bennett
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on May 31, 2012
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Psalm 32:5 ESV
“A soul in Christ is pardoned soul. It matters not how many sins he has committed. The iniquity of Jerusalem was very great. Its people had sinned against light and against love. All the prophets sent to them were stoned or killed. The Son of God came there; they cast Him out of the vineyard and killed Him! Their sins had grown up to heaven; yet no sooner do they turn to Christ than God says, ‘Her iniquity is pardoned’ (Isa. 40:2). And, observe, it is a present pardon. God does not say, ‘Her iniquity will be pardoned,’ but, ‘Her iniquity is pardoned.’
No sooner does a guilty, heavy-laden soul turn to Christ than this sweet word is heard in heaven—his iniquity is pardoned. ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus’ (Rom. 8:1). It is no future or uncertain pardon that is offered in the gospel, but a sure and present pardon—pardon now, this instant, to all who believe in Jesus. You are as completely pardoned in the moment of believing as ever you will be.
It is a holy pardon. Your iniquity is pardoned; another has died for your sins. It is an awful way of pardon. It is a pardon to make you tremble and hate sin with perfect hatred. Oh, can you ever love that which nailed Jesus to the tree, which bowed down His blessed head? Will you take up sin again, and thus put the spear afresh into His side? Some people say, ‘I am too vile.’ Are you viler than Jerusalem? When you take a pebble and cast it into the deep sea, it sinks and is entirely covered. So are the sins of those who take refuge in Christ.
The Best of Robert Murray McCheyne, 181-182
Edited and Compiled by Stephen W. Sorenson
“May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore thy blessing, and in which I cannot invite thy inspection.”
The Valley of Vision, 219
Edited by Arthur Bennett
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 29, 2012
An unforgiving heart blocks the free flow of God’s grace.
Because we live in a world where Satan is prince and all people are sinful, it is inevitable that you will be hurt, offended and scarred by others around you. This occurs intentionally by some and unintentionally by others. The issue from the Lord’s perspective is will you forgive the one who sins against you whether they intended to or not. If not, then you prevent experiencing God’s forgiveness in your own heart.
The magnitude of our sin against God and the incredible unlimited forgiveness He gives to us demonstrates what we are to do towards others. The Lord Jesus said, And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25 ESV). The only additional commentary the Lord added to His model prayer was, For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matt. 6:14-15 ESV). Love expressed through forgiveness is God’s will; forgiveness withheld is contrary to His heart and grievous to Him.
The Lord Jesus reveals that not forgiving another becomes even more serious. If you are not willing to forgive another human being for the little they have done against you compared to the immense sins you have committed against God, then your Father will hand you over to the torturers (Matt. 18:21-35). The torturers (tormentors) are demonic spirits belonging to the devil. God who rules all permits these evil beings to torment the one who persistently refuses to forgive another. This “handing over” is God’s discipline and the torment will continue until forgiveness is granted towards the offending person (Hebs. 12:3-11).
Forgiveness towards others is obedience towards God. Hurt feelings are not the issue unless you want to live a self-centered life. The core issue is about loving God more than yourself so that you choose against self to obey His will. Jesus said, “Forgive.” It is a will choice just like Jesus said, not as I will, but as you will (Matt. 26:39). In prayer, by an act of your will, speak to your Heavenly Father that you forgive whomever—by name—for their sin against you and ask Him to bless them (Matt. 6:43-46). This act of obedience pleases God, releases your soul from wrong attitudes and delivers you from the devil’s grip. This opens your heart to the free flow and experience of God’s grace. Father and child once again can walk together.
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 26, 2012
God requires no waiting period after sinful failure until you feel worthy of His forgiveness. His forgiveness rests alone upon the finished work of His Son. Christ’s perfect life and shameful death satisfied the Law’s just demands in our behalf. Never does anything in us merit God’s forgiveness. Never does our merciful and gracious Father forgive us because He sees how sorry we are or how deeply repentant we are. The Father never loses sight of what His Son did for us. The brilliance of Christ’s sacrifice overrules the shadows of our sinful stumbling. His Son’s sacrifice is what absorbs the Father’s attention. He sees the full redemption price paid for all our sins—past, present and future. He has removed even those too deep for our level of spiritual maturity to comprehend. Unnecessarily some sincere believers sink into the quagmire of self-condemnation. Must any child of His suffer guilt and shame long enough until their regret, sorrow and sincerity of repentance is proven? Never!
It is sorely true that with our sinful thoughts, words and deeds comes shame, regret and sorrow. It should! Sometimes there comes rebuke and chastening from the Father, but it is never accompanied by an unwillingness to forgive or requires a waiting period before He extends it. All the forgiveness you need is available to you every moment—instantly.
True repentance comes from sorrow towards God (2 Cor. 7:10). Because sin grieves His Spirit a quickened soul that loves the Lord Jesus becomes grieved (Eph. 4:30). Sins happen when sinful flesh expresses its wicked ugliness (Romans 7:19-20). Because you are in a relationship with Christ with a longing to please Him, sin makes you ashamed before Him with regret and sorrow. This is a good thing because He uses it to train you as His child to grow in holiness.
Sin’s stain should be removed quickly from your conscience. The way is plain and simple. When the Spirit convicts you, immediately speak to the Lord whom you love and who loves you with all that He is.
Be honest with your Heavenly Father about your sin and confess it to Him by name.
Express your sorrow to Him that you grieved Him.
Thank Him for His unchanging love and readiness to forgive you.
Thank Him that all your sins were fully punished in His Son on the cross.
Choose to believe that He fully forgives and cleanses you this moment from your sin.
Rejoice that you are freely forgiven and thoroughly cleansed from all unrighteousness.
Call upon Him to enable you to walk in purity and righteousness as you go forward.
Posted by Jerry White on Oct 13, 2011
“How long does it take between confession and forgiveness? When I was a boy at school and talked to the boy next to me, they sent me down to the bottom of the class and it took me a month to work up. When you do wrong and confess it, God does not put you down and leave you to work up for a whole month, but on the spot, immediately, He forgives you and restores your soul, and puts you back where you were before you fell.
Only, dear soul, abide in Jesus, so that when Satan comes to knock at your door, Jesus will go and open it, and as soon as the devil sees the face of Christ looking through the door, he will turn tail like a whipped cur [mutt]. Let Jesus live in your heart. Do you live in Jesus? When the devil comes, do not meet him your self, but let Jesus meet him, and you stand behind Him.”
F. B. Myer (1847-1929)
The Christ-Life for the Self-Life, 72
The flesh, our sinful human nature, wants to do penance when there is guilt because of sinful failure. Penance is defined as voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some past wrongdoing. Our natural tendency is to try to make up for our wrongdoing. We may think, “If I am sorry enough for long enough I can have forgiveness.” Or we may think, “If I confess it to someone, like my pastor or a trusted friend, I will feel forgiveness.” Or we may think, “If I deny myself something I enjoy, God will notice my sincerity and will forgive me.” The truth is God’s forgiveness is by grace through faith just like salvation and the whole of the Christian life. A wise older friend, who is now with the Lord, said it only takes thirty seconds to confess a sinful failure and receive God’s forgiveness. The issue is clear, will I believe God’s Word or will I doubt Him? His sure Word says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Should you further sin against Him by doubting what He says in love?
He cannot lie!
Posted by Jerry White on Mar 3, 2011
“This is the royal road to comfort. Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace. ‘My sins are many, but oh! it is nothing to Jesus to take them all away. The weight of my guilt presses me down as a giant’s foot would crush a worm, but it is no more than a grain of dust to Him, because He has already borne its curse in His own body on the tree. It will be but a small thing for Him to give me full remission, although it will be an infinite blessing for me to receive it.’”
C. H. Spurgeon
Morning & Evening, March 27, P.M.
“Penitent soul! Dare to believe in the instantaneous forgiveness of sins. Thou hast only to utter the confession, to find it interrupted with the outbreak of the Father’s love. As soon as the words of penitence leave thy lips, they are met by the hurrying assurances of a love, which whilst it hates sin, has never ceased to yearn over the prodigal.”
F. B. Meyer
Quoted by J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy with God, 52
“I [the Lord] will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Hebrews 10:17 (ESV)
Loving Father, I have grieved You by my sin, but I will not further grieve You by failing to receive Your free and ready forgiveness. I thankfully receive what the Lord Jesus purchased for me. Amen!
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 3, 2011
Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.”
John 13:10 (ESV)
“It may encourage you to call to mind the people who were praised. They were not cherubim and seraphim, but men, and notably they were men filled with weakness. There was Peter, who a few minutes afterward was brash and presumptuous. But it is not necessary to name them one by one, for they all forsook their Master and fled in His hour of peril. Not one among them was more than a mere child in grace. They had little about them that was apostolic except their commission. They were very evidently men who had the same passions that we do, yet their Lord declared them to be clean, and clean they were.
This is nourishment for those souls who are hungering for righteousness and worrying because they feel so much of the burden of indwelling sin: cleanliness before the Lord is not destroyed by our sins and weaknesses or prevented by our inward temptations. We stand in the righteousness of Another. No amount of personal weakness, spiritual anxiety, soul conflict, or mental agony can mar our acceptance in the Beloved. We may be weak infants or wandering sheep, and for both reasons we may be very far from what we wish to be. But, as God sees us, we are viewed as washed in the blood of Jesus, and we, even we, are ‘clean every whit.’
What a forcible expression, ‘clean every whit’—every inch, from every point of view, in all respects, and to the uttermost degree! Dear friend, if you are a believer, this fact is true even for you. Do not hesitate to drink of it, for it is water out of your own well, given to you in the covenant of grace. Do not think that it is presumptuous to believe this statement, as marvelous as it is. You are dealing with a wonderful Savior, who only does wonderful things. Therefore, do not stand back on account of the greatness of the blessing, but rather believe even more readily because the message is so similar to every thing the Lord says or does.”
Joy In Christ’s Presence, 167-168