“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”.
Isaiah 1:18 NLT
It seems to me that a few people reading “THIS WEEK’S WORD FROM GOD” are struggling with guilt over their sinful past. They have had a problem believing that God will ever forgive their sin. There are times when they are able to bury the guilt for a while, but it keeps coming back again and again.
Are you one of those people I am referring to? Then today’s scripture is meant especially for you. The Lord’s invitation to you is “Come now, let’s settle this.” You don’t need to continue in your guilt and misery. No matter how terrible your sin has been. Jesus paid for it all when He died on the cross and rose again! And on those grounds God can justly promise, “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.” Indeed, “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” I John 1:9 NLT. Call out to God right now. Admit your sin to Him, and ask Him to forgive you. You can trust Him to keep His promise. He will forgive you!!
There are endless examples in scripture and in everyday life of God forgiving every sort of sin no matter how vile – every kind of thievery, sexual abuses of all sorts, dishonesty, adultery, murder, etc., etc. The list is endless, and it includes the very sin or sins you suffer guilt over. “Listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God.” Acts 13:38,39 NLT
Most of you (350+ people) who are reading these words this week know that your sins are forgiven. You have settled that matter with the Lord and are enjoying the peace He gives. Would you please take a moment right now and pray for those who are still struggling.
Father, thank you for loving us enough to sacrifice your sinless Son on the cross to pay for everyone’s sins. May doubters humbly acknowledge their sin today and find faith to believe that you have washed them whiter than snow. We ask it in Jesus name.
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