Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me,
that I may worship the Lord.
1 Samuel 15:25
Sometimes a person convicted of a crime receives a pardon, and is freed from paying the penalty. Why? The person receives mercy. Most people who have experienced this are indebted to the one who forgave them.
In a very wonderful way, this demonstration comes from the very Word of God. All Christians have been pardoned. God Himself shows us mercy. Even though we are guilty of sin, we do not have to pay the penalty, because Jesus Christ did that for us.
Some people think only about God’s love and not about His judgement. But in John 3:18, the Bible says that those who do not believe have been judged already. We must not take sin lightly and just assume that God will forgive us. We make a mockery of God’s forgiveness when we deliberately engage in sin because we think He will forgive it later. God’s kindness—His mercy—should make us want to stop sinning and live a victorious life because we love Him and desire to obey Him in all things.
There is only one unpardonable sin, and that involves the total and irrevocable rejection of Jesus Christ. It is dangerous to turn away from His voice that calls us to eternal salvation. Sin has tarnished every area of life, and Christ wants to erase its stain. The Bible has the remedy for sinfulness, and that is to acknowledge our sin against Him and repent and turn from a life of sin. Through His sacrifice on the cross, Christ Jesus has made a way for this to take place through His mercy and grace, He wonderfully pardons us and promises us eternal life with Him. What a marvellous hope!
1 John 1:5-10.
My Lord and my God, Who is a pandering God like You. There is no one who shows mercy like You. Thank You that You have made pardon, forgiveness and salvation variable through Your own dear Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.