Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7 ESV
God’s love and forgiveness are great. David experienced God’s forgiveness after the prophet Nathan confronted him about his adultery with Bathsheba. This Psalm was written by David after the confrontation with Nathan, asking for God’s forgiveness for his sexual sin and for his murder of Bathsheba’s husband.
When we trust Christ as our Savior our sins are forgiven, all of them. Jesus’ dying on the cross paid the death penalty for all our sins – past, present, and future. When we sin as Christians, we must acknowledge them to God as the Holy Spirit brings them to mind (see 1 John 1:9). We can thank God that our sins are forgiven because of the sacrifice of Christ.
- God forgives. What is said in the following passages about God’s forgiveness? — Psalm 130:1-6; Ephesians 1:7-10
- As Christ’s ambassadors, we are to extend His forgiveness to others. What is said about forgiving others in the following passages? — Luke 17:3-4; Colossians 3:12-14
Question to ponder: How should the forgiveness extended to you impact your forgiveness of others as you lead?
Passages for further reflection: Acts 13:38-39; Ephesians 4:32