Friday, August 18, 2017
Guilt can make us physically ill, depressed, loaded with anxiety or mentally unbalanced. To stay balanced in life, we must come to terms with grinding guilt. Forgiveness is God’s invention. Forgiveness is not a feeling but an act of grace.
Psalm 32 lets us get a glimpse into the heart of David. “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” David speaks from personal experience. His adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and his attempted cover- up by having her husband Uriah sent to his death on the battlefield were cause for his anguish. No doubt, Psalm 32 was written after his confession, forgiveness by God and his peace of mind finally surfaced.
David uses the word transgression – we know it as intentional disobedience. He mentions sin – which means to miss the mark or fall short of the target God has set for us. Thankfully, David moved beyond self-deception and dealt with his sins. He arrested that downward spiral through confession.
Having had intimate conversations with thousands of people, I can attest to the fact that countless folks harbor hidden sins. Secret sin does not coexist with peace! We experience the peace of God only when we trust the acceptance of God, confess and experience forgiveness. The cross of Christ is the hinge of history. Then that peace that surpasses human comprehension is our experience. The joy of sins forgiven – what a relief.
Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that you might have life and that more abundantly."