“You plead my cause, You right my wrongs,
You break my chains, You overcome,
You gave Your life to give me mine,
You say that I am free, how can it be?”
These may be familiar words to you, since they are part of song lyrics from Lauren Daigle, and “How Can It Be” frequents the few Christian radio stations in our listening area. But, they are more than words.
I happened to turn on the radio in my car the other day, to hear this song come on at the very beginning. Since I am not especially familiar with the song, I let it play out, while I listened. To my surprise, she sung the exact words of what I was feeling: unworthy of God, lost, unloved, and unforgiven. Ever feel like that?
If no, then my heart rejoices with your blessed estate. If yes, then the following is for you.
I realized as the song was playing that all those feelings I mentioned above were my feelings. No one placed them on me, and God doesn’t expect or desire me to feel that way.
The truth is, Jesus’ blood covers me and makes me clean from all sin, guilt, mistakes, failures, etc. Satan loves to tell us we aren’t true Christians because of this or that, but it simply isn’t true! How do I know? Let me break this down further:
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (NLT).” Did you catch that? Just? Since when is it justice to pardon a prisoner? Or right to let a debtor go free? Jesus re-defined all the lines of truth and justice when He left heaven to become a man and live a sinless life on the earth. He, the Sinless One, died in the place of the sinner.
So, then, it would be “unjust” – or out of character and therefore impossible – for Jesus not to forgive me when I ask. That’s awesome! You may not be as thrilled as I am, but think about it for a second.
Don’t let the truths of God’s Word become commonplace in your heart. Read that verse like it’s the first time you’ve heard it, and you may be surprised what you catch.
In other words, we can approach God’s throne through Jesus in confidence, knowing He will hear us because it is the just or right thing for Him to do. There is no guessing or hoping that He will forgive you when you ask; it is a sure thing.
Ponder that this week, and add to it these verses to further solidify what Jesus’ sacrifice has done for us: Romans 5:1, 5:9, 5:16.
~ Miss Q