Have you been in a situation where you think your life has no direction at all? And that no matter what you do you still feel that you are hopeless?useless?meaningless?lost? because of the consequences of the choices you made in life? Or because of the hurts and pains someone had caused you?
Was there a point in your life when you just feel the guilt inside of you consuming your every breath because of the sins you committed? And you don’t know how to start all over again?
At some point in our lives, I believe all of us had committed sin as it was written in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And this sin was the root cause why we got separated from the love of God and lost the joy of having that relationship with Him. And by loosing such joy, our lives start to wander like the parable of the lost son in the bible. And until such time when we can no longer take it anymore and all we want to do is just to go back home and embrace the love that we are seeking for.
But somehow, at the back of our minds, we are clouded by so many questions, so many what ifs and we even fear of not being accepted again by the people we had hurt with or perhaps, the guilt continues to haunt us that it keeps us from moving on and start a brand new life over again.
For all the questions, doubts, fears, and any other emotions that are holding you back, there is one single STEP that you should take to have a new start. And that is FORGIVENESS…
I know some of you may not agree with me especially those who were badly hurt or broken. And others may also think that it isn’t just that easy…But hey, if you want to be free, FORGIVE and BE FORGIVEN!
When I became a christian on October 13, 2003, one of the verses I truly embraced is 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” This verse which holds the assurance of forgiveness had made a big difference and impact in my life. Confessing my sins brought relief to my conscience and made me able to forgive those who had done me wrong as well.
On the other hand, I know that confession of sins is not enough but one must also live as FORGIVEN to experience the joy of God’s love in fullness…Satan will always try to snatch back that joy and remind you of your sin to make you feel guilty over and over again. So I will share with you one of the stories I had read which became my favorite from a book Will Daylight Come? by Richard Hoefler.
The story tells about a little boy who visited his grandparents and was given his first ever slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target.
As he came back to his grandparent’s yard he noticed grandma’s duck trouncing through the back yard. On an impulse he took aim and let it fly. The stone hit the duck and the duck fell dead. The boy panicked and desperately he hid the dead duck in the woodpile only to look up and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today, didn’t you Johnny?” And she whispered to him. “Remember the duck!” So Johnny did the dishes.
Later grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. And grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “Grandma, that’s all taken care of. Johnny wants to help with dinner.” Again she whispered to him. “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing.
After several days of Johnny doing both his and Sally’s chores, he couldn’t stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he’d killed the duck.
“I know Johnny,” she said giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I just wondered how long you were going to let Sally make a slave of you.”
Do you still keep remembering your ducks? Do you still live with heavy guilt and shame everyday that you deny yourself to experience pure joy and happiness? How do you think God feels that He gave His only Son on the cross to forgive us and yet we just keep carrying around such sin?
God has seen everything that we’ve done and has already forgiven us so why allow Satan to keep enslaving us? Trust in God and let him take away all the shame, guilt, hurts and pains you are experiencing. For he had said in Isaiah 43:25: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”
Be free today…and be TRULY HAPPY!