Gift of Forgiveness, Problem of Pride

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Maybe this verse just doesn’t appeal to you. Maybe you don’t like to think about doing wrong or how you need forgiveness. Avoiding the concept of forgiveness is a terrible problem and sin, yet most people do avoid it. We as christians however, should embrace forgiveness. God established forgiveness as as means of reconciliation with him, not as something that we should dread and dislike.

“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.” Romans 3:23   (paraphrased)

This verse make it pretty clear. We all need forgiveness, whether we like it or not. Without God’s forgiveness, we can’t have a relationship with Him and go to heaven. But forgiveness is a gift, and all we have to do to receive the benefits of it, is to accept it! So why don’t people like the concept of forgiveness?

I think it’s a pride problem. Naturally, we don’t want to think that we have done wrong and therefore need forgiveness, because it puts us in a position in which we are lower than someone else. Pride is part of our sin-nature, and it is the root of lots of problems. Proverbs tells us that “pride comes before a fall, and a haughty spirit before destruction.”

We need to recognize that pride is a problem, and once we have gotten rid of it, we should be able to recognize our sin and our need for forgiveness. Once we see and accept our need for forgiveness, we should openly and joyfully receive it as God’s gracious gift to us. Then we can see how truly wonderful this verse is to we who are christians. It means that we were sinners and were destined to hell and misery, but God in his unfathomable mercy, allowed Jesus to be a sacrifice for our sin so that we can be forgiven.

This is the lesson that you can take from this:

1. Acknowledge that pride is a problem and continue to fight against it.

Fight the pride causing trouble in all areas of your life. Don’t be embarrassed to help or befriend the needy because it might make you look bad. On the other hand, don’t do good just so that people will see how good you are. Think of others before yourself. Selfishness and pride are like twins. They almost always go together.

 2. Confess when we have done wrong and need forgiveness.

We have sinned and lived in rebellion against God. We have turned our backs on our Creator and King, the One who gives us life and existence. We have ruined our relationship with our Father, and every good deed we have done is counted as filthy rags.

3. Ask for forgiveness and thankfully accept God’s mercy.

Accept God’s forgiveness and live as a child of the one true King! Thank him daily for his mercy and grace, and continue to live for him.

Purpose

Why are we here? It’s a simple question, yet millions of people don’t know, understand, or care about the answer. This is one that Atheists really don’t answer well. They claim that we just happen to be here by chance. Christianity provides a better answer.

“For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”   1 Corinthians 6:20

God made us for his glory, therefore our purpose is to glorify him. God, the Sovereign King, chose to create the earth, so that we would show his glory and enjoy the rest of his creation.

    Now that we’ve got that one answered, I think the next question is, “how do we glorify him?”  The way that the bible mentions the most, is to simply praise with our voice. This is very easy, physically. But sometimes you’re just not in a joyful mood. Sometimes you don’t feel thankful. And sometimes, you do it, (singing in church, praying at the dinner table, etc.) but you don’t really mean it in your heart. I don’t have a good answer for that one. I just pray that God would change my heart and make me a more grateful person. But also, we can praise God with our life, by living in a way that is pleasing to him and doing good things for his glory. The Rebolution has taught me many things about how to live for the glory of God. It involves taking on challenges, and being faithful in that which is least. 

   Knowing our purpose in life, and having good goals to achieve can bring us joy. Writing is something that bring me happiness, because I believe that God wants for me to do it. Living for God is far more rewarding than most things you would consider “fun”. Sometimes it does get tedious doing even the menial tasks that God wants for us to do, and it takes a lot of courage to do some of the big tasks that are waiting for us. But if we accept challenge, there is a world of opportunities for us stand up for what’s right, spread the gospel, or simply share the love of God. 

My Perspective

It’s always good to have perspective in life. I want to give you some info about what my perspective is as a Christian.

God created the earth. (In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1) Why should you trust this instead of the “facts” of evolution? Well, there are a lot of unanswered questions about evolution such as, if the big bang theory was true, where did the matter that just happened to be floating around in the precise circumstances in which they would collide and form a universe, where did that matter come from? See, the big bang theory doesn’t even fully answer the question. That’s just one of the problems. Even evolutionists can’t deny that evolution doesn’t answer all of the questions. Christianity however has answers. God made the world out of nothing.

Jesus is God’s son.  (For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever would believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16) The bible clearly states that Jesus is the Son of God. How else could he have had power to overcome death?

Jesus died and rose again, and took on the just wrath of God, to pay for the penalty of sin. (John 19:18 And there they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.  Luke 24:6-7 “He is not here but he is risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”)  Some people say that Jesus’ death was all a hoax, but I’m going to use one of the multiple pieces of evidence here to demonstrate why I believe Jesus’ death was real. The testimonies of the disciples all state the same facts. The disciples were all dispersed throughout the ancient world during the time when the New Testament books were written. If it alll had been a hoax or a made up story, then wouldn’t disciples have forgotten parts and told the story differently from the original version? But no, somehow the disciples all knew exactly what each other would say, and they all said the same thing. The most reasonable explanation is that it was real not a story.

Jesus’ death alone paid for our sin. (John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Romans 10:13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.)  If you trust that Jesus is the son of God, that he died and paid the price for your sin, and ask him to forgive you for your sins, you will be saved.