People feel entangled by sin and try to purge themselves in different ways.
Catholics go to confession. Protestants counsel with their ministers and pastors. Both seek forgiveness and absolution for their guilt and sin.
Others feel more comfortable on a psychologist’s couch or sitting on talk shows with secular gurus like Dr. Phil and Oprah Winfrey, in front of millions of viewers. Ironically, people who are uncomfortable going to church because they don’t accept the concept of sin, think nothing of broadcasting their most intimate problems on live television.
As believers, our problem is often how we view God’s forgiveness. We know God is there to forgive us because it is a theme throughout the Bible. “Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now” (Numbers 14:19-20).
Every year, on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) we hear in synagogues: “I have pardoned them according to Your word.”
Yet, forgiveness of sin doesn’t stop there. God wants to...
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