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Forgiven & Free
Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
- Igor Stravinsky -
Bishop Sandy Millar speaks of a time when he was walking along the beach and he noticed how the sand had been churned up by the footprints of those who had gone before him. The next morning the footprints were all wiped away by the sea. He sensed Jesus saying to him, ‘That is a picture of forgiveness.’ Or to use another analogy, forgiveness from Jesus Christ is like deleting the file of all the bad stuff in our lives. Forgiveness is never easy. We all know how hard it is to forgive others. However, we often assume that forgiveness from God is almost automatic. On her deathbed, the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia (1729–1796), said, ‘I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. The good Lord will forgive me: that’s his.’ No, God's forgiveness must not be seen as something automatic, because Jesus had to pay for it with his life. P.T. Forsyth (1848–1921) pointed out, first, you have to know the ‘despair of guilt’. Then you can appreciate ‘the breathless wonder of forgiveness’. Watch and listen to diverse people who speak frankly and boldly about their saving faith experiences with Jesus. Today they confess: "I was once blind, but now I see."
"For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."