God's Love, Grace, Mercy

Abundant Forgiveness

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:6,7

Not one of us is immune from sin and sooner or later, we all mess up. It doesn’t matter how long you have been saved or how sure you are of your faith, there are days when frustration takes hold and works you like a puppet. You end up saying things or doing things that you normally wouldn’t. The realisation of our sin can be immediate and we feel disgusted at our words or actions. Sometimes we turn instantly to God and beg for his forgiveness, but at other times, when the regret is so deep and ‘sorry’ seems so inadequate, we hide from God instead.

This usually happens when the thing we are sorry for is something that we have apologised for before, several times, maybe even many times. We wonder how God can possibly take the apology seriously, and how many times you can ask for forgiveness before mercy runs out?

This beautiful verse in Isaiah tells us that the Lord’s compassion is waiting for us and he is at hand to receive us. Unlike us, He is not hiding; if we look to him, we will see him, and if we listen, I believe we will hear him say – ‘Stop hiding from me and come and talk to me; put this sinful behaviour behind you and don’t go back to it. I love you and I know the sincerity of your heart. I forgive you.’

God knows every inch of us, he knows our heart completely, and when we come in truthful repentance, he will not turn his back, for he is rich in mercy and grace, and a broken and contrite heart he will not despise (Ps51). God’s love for us is vast and his compassion cannot be measured.

When sin happens, don’t waste time hiding away, return to the Lord, for he will abundantly pardon.

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