Bible Society of South Africa
Danny Fourie

God’s grace, love and power – Day 12

He forgives our sins

Bible text(s)

2Happy is the one whom the LORD does not accuse of doing wrong

and who is free from all deceit.

Psalms 32:2GNBOpen in Bible reader

5Then I confessed my sins to you;

I did not conceal my wrongdoings.

I decided to confess them to you,

and you forgave all my sins.

Psalms 32:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Bible does not speak very encouragingly about us as human beings. Listen to this: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God” (Romans 3:11-12).

Sin is something deep within us; it is part of our fibre. When do we discover that we are sinners? When we experience God’s love and holiness. Repentance is not something that comes naturally for us. In principle, we do not want to know that we are sinners. It is only when we come to know God, that we develop a sense of sin.

Someone asked if a conviction and knowledge of your sin might lead to a state of dejection? No, the more you discover your own sin and shortcomings, the bigger your gratitude towards God for being his child.

When you look at yourself and see that you are sinful, you want to say: “But I am not worthy of God’s love! My life is, in many ways, so wrong and in many instances I fail as a person. I could be a better person – how is it possible that God still bears with me? How is it possible that he sacrificed his Son on a cross for me? Is God not great and gracious that he, despite my sin and iniquities, still holds me as his child?”

Through realising that you are a sinner, it helps you to ultimately worship and praise God for his grace. In the light of your sins, you will be more thankful to God for being his child. A sense of sin does not lead to dejection, but rather to a deeper joy because of God’s love for you.

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