- Jim Corbett
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“Do you know that I will use your weaknesses to bring many into My kingdom? That’s right. The offenses that we’ve worked through and completed will be a testimony of My love and keeping power. They will also show the world of My patience, mercy, and grace. You need to never give up. You need to understand that when you have sinned, you need Me the most. When you have need of forgiveness is when I am waiting for you to come to Me to be forgiven. The enemy of your soul will lie to you and tell you that I have closed the door to My presence when you fall. He will say that you have sinned the same sin once too often to be able to come to Me.
"Do not listen to Him. I knew how many times you would sin after you gave your life to Jesus and I still invited you into My family. I also know the day you will be released completely from that sin that keeps you from being whole. I want to be with you all the time. Come to Me especially when you have sinned. My love will bring you to repentance, so that you can be free. Let’s overcome those things that harm you one by one. I love you.”
Romans 2:4 NIV
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?
I Thess. 5:24 AMP
Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].
I Pe. 4:8 AMP
Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
Most of us forget that our understanding of our need for God’s mercy is what separates us from the world. It is our understanding that we have need of a Savior that allows us to open our hearts to Father God’s provision of salvation. That understanding is what brings us to repentance and draws us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
At the cross, the tabernacle veil was torn in two, signifying that we have full access to a Holy God because of Jesus. Before this incredible gift, only a high priest was allowed into the presence of God. Now, since Jesus died for our sins, we - even when we are filthy from sin - are looked upon through the shed blood, and fully accepted as His loved child. We can go to God because of our need, not after our need is gone.
When I first came to the Lord, I avoided going to God after I sinned. I felt that He would hold my sin against me. I would go to Him only when I could no longer bear to be apart from Him and only after a reasonable time that He might “cool off.” I didn’t know that He felt the loss of my presence, and was waiting to forgive me so that our fellowship could be restored. What an astounding God!
Thank You, Lord,