Anything And Everything

April 30, 2018
by John Stuart

Luke 7:48 – Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." (NIV)

Like most churches, our congregation has a time of silence during the prayers of adoration and confession. It is a holy moment when we humbly approach God quietly to seek individually His pardon for the mistakes, faults, and sins that we each have committed since the last time that we came to God in prayer. I usually have so much to confess that I never get my petitions finished before the silence is broken by the Prayer Guide. However, as soon as we have concluded our prayers with the Lord's Prayer, there comes an even better moment: the promise of the gospel when all of us are assured of the forgiveness that Christ has obtained through His sacred sacrifice. It's that beautiful time when He speaks to our souls and says, "Your sins are forgiven."

The woman in the gospel story from Luke 7:36-50 who had lived a sinful life must have been waiting to hear those words of assurance for a long time. We do not know her name, but we do know that she sought Christ and lavished Him with her most precious possessions — her perfume, her hair, and her tears — in order to express her deep admiration of Jesus. Up till that point, her life had little meaning or purpose. She was treated badly, especially by the religious folks and leaders who should have known better. Christ's compassion for the woman is evident in how He responds. He forgives her sins and restores her as a favoured daughter of God. It is a wonderful moment of liberation and love; it is a lesson which continually teaches every generation about the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Perhaps, you are carrying a burden of guilt from the recent past or even from a long time ago. Perhaps, it overshadows your soul and depresses your spirit. Maybe, you can't forgive yourself for the wrong choice that you made or the hurt that you inflicted on others. Perhaps, your secret shame is a painful and heavy burden to bear. Please know this today: Christ is willing to hear your prayer of confession and sorrow in the quietness of your heart. Be assured: He forgives anything and everything that you or I have wrongfully committed; all we need to do is to ask Him for God's grace.

Points to ponder: What burdens do I still carry in my heart and mind? Am I willing to come to Christ to confess and receive His mercy, peace, and love?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You know everything about us, and You are just waiting for us to approach You humbly with our confessions. You want to set us free from our captive and sinful past. You want us to experience a new beginning in our lives. Help us to seek Your forgiveness and compassion. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word John.


    Amen to your prayer. Thank you for sharing.


    Thank you, John, for this reminder that “chief of sinners though I be, Jesus shed His blood for me.” Blessings.


    Hello John
    Nice to read a devotion of yours. So thankful that God forgives and helps us to forgive ourselves so that we can move on in Him.
    God bless.


    Thanks for this.
    Just this morning, I spent some time, going through the process you described.
    How free and full of joy I am that I have faced my need for renewal.
    It really works!
    (BC, Canada)


    Hello John. Just had to write you today. Your Daily Presbyterian Devotional definitely resonates with me. Thank you for this message. To know God forgives us of our sins when we confess and ask for his grace is so very comforting.
    Thank you for sharing this message. I am printing this one and keeping it.
    God’s blessings.


    How wonderful to “hear” your voice again John. I had, in fact, just prayed this prayer this morning before reading your reflection. It has become my belief that our dependence on Him and our open relationship with Him, (confession and repentance and thanksgiving) are the most important things we can ‘do’, as that is the major commitment we make as we enter into covenant with our Lord Jesus Christ. How is it that understanding comes so very slowly!!!
    Thank You Lord for the Truths that you remind us of through Your faithful servant, John. Amen.


    Dear John Stuart,
    Thank you for expressing an old, old profound truth so well in a in a new, new way.
    Keep writing.

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