Words from the Heart for Saturday March 3rd, 2018
My friends, here is what I want you to know. I announce to you that your sins can be forgiven because of what Jesus has done.
Acts 13:38 (NIRV)
Your Sins Can be Forgiven
People live for years with the guilt of their sin. They suffer silently and often hurt other people in their misery. They live with regret and long to start life over. But, there is an announcement waiting for them. Forgiveness of sins is possible. This is better than a high court ruling. It is because of what Jesus has done that each one who accepts Him as Saviour can be forgiven.
Student loan debt is a big problem in Canada with the average new graduate carrying $28,000 in student loan debt. There is some help available. Every province has some form of a repayment assistance program or RAP, which offers some assistance for a graduate who isn’t able to make their minimum student loan payments. It is not student loan forgiveness – it is simply there to help someone if they are having trouble earning enough money to make their minimum payments.
The proclamation of the Gospel should be done with boldness and clarity. There is not “maybe” or “perhaps” or “I hope so” to the Gospel. There is the absolute and undeniable fact that our redemption is secure. Look how clearly and boldly Paul proclaims the Gospel in Acts 13:38: ““My friends, here is what I want you to know. I announce to you that your sins can be forgiven because of what Jesus has done.” When the apostle met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his life was instantly transformed. The persecutor of the Christians, the one who held the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen, the first martyr, was stopped in his tracks and forced to recognize the power of Jesus. He experienced Jesus’ authority to forgive his sins and set him free. Once that had happened in his life, Paul became a bold proclaimer of salvation. So he says, clearly and unequivocally, “your sins can be forgiven because of what Jesus has done.” That is the simple, transformational message that we are called to take to our generation. Jesus can forgive you. With whom can you share that message today?
These have been words from the heart.