John 15:22 …they have no excuse for their sin.

I’ve been giving some thought to God’s forgiveness, and what I’ve come to realize is that many people don’t understand it. They know they’ve sinned, and they want to be forgiven of that sin. So they go to God and pray, “Lord, I know I’ve sinned against you, but…” They go to God intending to seek forgiveness, but instead they ask God for an allowance because they have a good excuse for the sin they’ve committed.

But hear what Jesus says. You have no excuse for your sin. God doesn’t care why you sinned. Your situation, your circumstances, your reasons for sinning have no bearing on the matter. Regardless of your circumstances you always have two choices, obey God or disobey Him. If you obey, God is pleased; if you disobey, He isn’t. Sin is sin and God hates sin. So you can’t go to God and ask Him to overlook your sin just because your situation is difficult. That’s not what it means to be forgiven of your sins.

True forgiveness requires you to see your sin for what it is, rebellion against God. You must confess your sin and repent of your sin. If you admit your sin and stop doing it scripture says God is quick to forgive. But God isn’t interested in your excuses. You can’t rationalize your sins and expect God to overlook them. You might feel like your situation is unique, that you didn’t have a choice, but you do. You can always choose to obey God and trust Him. To do otherwise is to sin against God, and there is no excuse for that.

Have a God Filled Week,
Brother Donnie

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