Saturday, November 26, 2022

Forgiveness of sins

Broadcast 3498

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1 John 1:8-9 (NET) If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

Against his father's instruction, Segun took his father's special car and drove it to school when his father was out of town. Unfortunately, Segun had an auto crash and broke the front light of his father's Bugatti Divo. He tried to get it fixed with his savings but his savings were not sufficient. He had to take the car back home in shame, awaiting his father's rebuke.

When his father returned and saw the car, he was displeased but not surprised. He knew of all the times Segun had been sneaking the car out without his consent because his car had an app on his phone that informed him of the car's every move.

"Segun! you are grounded. No more video games, you're only allowed to go to school and back, no more allowances, no smartphone, no visits to friends or the mall, etc.

What pained Segun the most about him being grounded was that his dad no longer had conversations with him, and they no longer went to play golf together. Segun was so unhappy that his friends knew something was wrong.

After one month of being grounded, Segun couldn't take it anymore. He went to his dad and apologized for what he had done. This time he meant it, and he now realized that what his father really wanted him to repent of and stop doing was deceit and disobedience. "You could have been killed by that truck. You don't have the required skills to drive that car", his father said.

Segun's dad was more than happy to forgive him. He was praying Segun would repent and apologize so their relationship would be restored. Even though Segun's dad wanted a restored relationship and friendship with his son, that could not happen until Segun acknowledged what he had done and repented.

As a member of God's Holy family, there are things you may be doing that are the reason you are not enjoying communion and friendship with God and the attendant benefits. The light of God's word is what reveals these things to us, and as we acknowledge them and repent of them, we are forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. Our communion with God is restored and we are able to partake of the benefits of being close to God.

Go into today remembering that without repentance there is no remission of sin or forgiveness of sins. Sin is the nature that makes it impossible for us to fellowship with God. Sins are the spots and wrinkles that we may still have, even though we have received the divine nature. 
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

Yearly Bible: II Chronicles 25-28 (In Today's Audio)

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