For What It’s Worth,
Consider Sin

By E. J. Bradshaw

Sin has been and is a reproach to people. Proverbs 14:34. But according to Isaiah’s prophecy, God planned a remedy. Jesus would come and take men’s sin upon himself. Isaiah 53:4-6. He came: He was crucified for our sins - the just for the unjust: He arose from the grave - ascended into heaven; makes intercession for true believers; and gives them eternal life.

The goal of every Christian should be to live without sinning. The Apostle John said, “These things have I written unto you that you sin not.” 1 John 2:1; but he faced reality and said, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8. So, how do we keep our spiritual record clean?

Again, John answers, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2. But, how do we receive His forgiveness? There are some necessary steps.

We can find those steps in King David’s prayer for forgiveness found in Psalm 51. David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and she conceived a child. To cover himself, he had her husband killed in battle. The prophet Nathan confronted him, and he took the first step. He became aware of and admitted to himself that he had sinned. The enormity, the horribleness of his sin broke his heart. He became humble and contrite before God. NO MORE COVERING UP!

Step two; He agreed with God that he had sinned against the Lord and he confessed his sin openly and threw himself upon God’s mercy. He asked for forgiveness, and cleansing. “Wash me thoroughly” was his prayer. A spit bath would not suffice! “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.” “Restore the joy of my salvation, and please, don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.”

Then, he took that third step: he committed himself to the service of God. “I will teach transgressors your way and sinners will be converted unto you.” Please study Psalm 51, and if sin or sins have stained your record in God’s books (Revelation 20:11-15) take the necessary steps to receive God’s forgiveness and clear the record. Need help? Call!!

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