The Joy of Forgiveness, Oh Happy Day

When the Bible says your sins are forgiven, it means forgiven:

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14.)

Look at all the past tense in that passage. God has made you alive. He forgave all your sins. He took what had stood against you and condemned you and canceled it by nailing it to the cross.

All your sin is forgiven and hanging on the cross.

The sins you’ve committed in the past?

All forgiven.

The sin you might be committing right now?

All forgiven.

The sins you’ll commit in the future?

ALL FORGIVEN.

Hard to fathom, isn’t it? Edwin Hawkins wrote a song that can help you get what it means, though. And if this gospel of joy doesn’t get you smiling, I don’t know what will.

God washed your sins away for ever and eternity.

Oh Happy Day.

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2 Responses to The Joy of Forgiveness, Oh Happy Day

  1. Reblogged this on multicolouredsmartypants and commented:
    Sometimes when people are worshipping with their whole hearts I get the sense the angels in heaven, surrounding the throne of God, are rejoicing too (people tend to think I’m a bit crazy when I actually say these things out loud, but… so what? 😉 )

    In the West, in our often comfortable, sanitised lives we become complacent and forget the real sky-falling-down, truly *reborn* nature of forgiveness. Hallelujah! I’m loved by the King of Kings. Oh happy, happy day 😀

    NB. I’m writing this a day after a particularly gruelling EMDR session which left me exhausted (who am I kidding? Every session is gruelling!). It is easy to feel weary, burned out and discouraged. After reading this post, and listening to this wonderful music, I still feel exhausted, but I am encouraged by the reminder of the glorious freedom found in Christ. May it all be for His glory.

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