• Bearing Our Iniquity

    Isaiah 52:13–53:12

    Though the costs we incur to forgive are real, they by no means approach the high price Jesus had to pay to extend His grace to us. We should therefore forgive others willingly, refusing to hold the full cost of ...Read More

  • Before the Law

    Romans 4:9–12

    In Matthew 18:21–22, Jesus tells Peter that His disciples must freely forgive others. One of the ways we can be sure that we have received forgiveness from God and are truly justified is that we are quick to ...Read More

  • The Call for Repentance

    Joel 2:12–27

    True repentance is confidently grounded in what God says about Himself in His Word, but it expresses itself in humility toward Him. We come before our Creator with confidence that He is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 ...Read More

  • Christian Maturity

    1 John 2:12–14

    The qualities mentioned in today’s passage are qualities for which all Christians should strive, and each of them contributes to the believer’s assurance. As we engage in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship, stewardship, service, and ...Read More

  • Christ’s Divine Authority

    Matthew 9:1–8

    Some theological traditions tend to pursue physical healing as if it is the ultimate need of human beings. Yet while it is good to ask the Lord to heal us when we are ill, we fundamentally need our sins to ...Read More

  • The Church and Forgiveness

    John 20:19–23

    John Calvin comments that Christ “does not convey to [the Apostles and their successors] what is peculiar to himself. It belongs to him to forgive sins… . [Instead, He] enjoins them, in his name, to proclaim the forgiveness of sins, that ...Read More

  • Conforming to God’s Holiness

    Pray this prayer: “Cleanse me Lord. Purge my sin and remove it from me. Cover my moral nakedness.” Read More

  • The Costs and Demands of Love

    Philemon 17-18

    Are you hesitating to do something that godly love compels you to do? If so, then may Philemon encourage you to stop putting it off and move forward today. Insofar as we are able, we must seek to be reconciled ...Read More

  • Dealing with Guilt

    Romans 1:18-22

    To ask “What do we do with our guilt?” is to ask “How can we live with ourselves?” Few unbelievers want to know the truth about humanity; they prefer to live a lie than address their guilt head-on. Our task ...Read More

  • Deliver Us from Evil

    Matthew 6:13

    Satan is called the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10) because he likes to make us feel as if God has not forgiven us. But guilt is an objective reality, and if we have turned to Jesus, we have ...Read More

  • The Duty of Forgiveness

    Colossians 3:12–14

    The forgiveness we enjoy from God in Christ Jesus has consequences for our lives. First, we are absolved from guilt and never need to fear His wrath again. Furthermore, God’s forgiveness means that we, too, must forgive those who ...Read More

  • Embracing the Penitent

    Luke 15:11–31

    Although not everyone who has been subjected to church discipline repents, there are many times when a disciplined sinner is humbled by the church’s treatment and, forsaking sin, returns to the fold. When this happens, church leaders and laypeople must ...Read More

  • The Fifth Petition

    Psalm 143:1–2

    When we ask the Father to forgive us in Jesus’ name, we are asking Him to do something that He has promised to do. Therefore, we can be confident that He forgives us when we seek His face. This is ...Read More

  • The Forgiveness of Sins

    Micah 7:18–19

    Those whom God forgives are forgiven indeed. He does not actually forget what we have done, but He no longer holds our wickedness against us when we trust in Christ. Through the blood of Christ, He sees us as righteous ...Read More

  • Guilt and Guilt Feelings

    Romans 3:9-19

    What do you feel guilty about? Can you trace these feelings to an actual violation of some rule, regulation, law, or divine commandment? If so, seek forgiveness from the proper authority. If not, your guilt feelings may be out of ...Read More