Invisible chains

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)

Today’s Thought
There’s something you’ve done. It’s on your conscience like a concrete slab on a leaf. You want it off so you’ve asked God to flex some muscle and forgive you. Time after time…

…after time.

But why do you keep asking like a broken record?

Recently, a friend of mine told me about a conversation she had with her grandfather. He had fought in World War Two. And as those of us who’ve talked with veterans know, war is not something to be glorified.

Veterans who saw action don’t glorify it; and neither should we. Difficult and life-changing things happen. We honour their service and sacrifice, and work and pray to the Prince of Peace for a world of peace.

Reflecting on the war, and on other experiences in his life, he told his granddaughter that for years he kept asking God for forgiveness for the same things. Over and over.

But one day he realized something: “If I keep asking God to forgive the same things over and over, I’m not trusting in his power to forgive.” It was a matter of trust.

So what about you?

As you think about that thing (or things) in your past, do you keep asking God to forgive you over and over?

In the Christian life, God assures you that if you place your faith in Jesus, and in what he did for you on the cross, and if you sincerely ask for God’s forgiveness, he will give it to you.

Freedom isn’t just about countries getting along; it’s about your mind.

In Christ, you are freed from a past of brokenness that can no longer define you. And not only are you freed FROM something, but you are freed FOR something. You are cut free from invisible chains and launched into a future where God will use you to bless the people around you.

The shackles are your idea, not his.

Today, be real in prayer before a powerful God. And trust in his strength—and willingness—to forgive.

By Matthew Ruttan

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