Mark 2:5 The Best Part

You Are Forgiven

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5

Jesus had been at a home speaking to the people. It was crowded and the house was filled with people. Outside there was a man who was paralyzed, who had some friends that worked to get him in to see Jesus by lowering him through the roof. They wanted Jesus to heal the man. When Jesus saw him, the first thing He told the man was that his sins were forgiven.

When a person is sick, injured or has a deformity, the first thing that most people think about is getting healing. The individual is usually most concerned about being healed first.

Believers are very quick to pray for healing for the person. That is what appears to be the most important problem to ask God to deal with. While healing is something that is important and may be needed, it may not be the most important thing the person needs.

As bad as it was for the man to be paralyzed, it was even worse to be plagued with unforgiven sins in his life. Jesus knew this and took care of those sins first, before bringing about the healing.

A person can be healed of the worst disease, injury or deformity that is possible, but if he still has sin in his life, it does not mean a thing at all. If there is any sin left in his life, it will mean eternal separation from God. Anyone who has sin in his life cannot be allowed into heaven.

It will not do a person any good to be healed and have a perfect body in this life, then be cast into the lake of fire in the next life, because he never received the forgiveness Jesus offered. That perfect, healthy body will burned and tormented for eternity, because the first priority was not taken care of.

You may have some healing that you are desiring God to take care of. As you approach God for that healing, be sure to take care of getting healed of your sins first. Jesus died for your sins so that He could take them away. He is willing to cleanse you of all sin, you just need to repent and ask Him to forgive you.

Being healed of your sins is the best part in any healing.

I pray today that you will seek forgiveness of sins first in your life; that you will trust Jesus to remove all sins in your life; that you will trust God to heal both your body and soul; and that you will be the person God wants you to be.


Matthew 18:35 Forgive From The Heart

Matthew 18_35

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:35

Jesus told a parable about a man who owed the king a lot of money. He was forgiven by the king and the debt was wiped out. Later the man had someone who owed him a little money. Because the person could not pay, he had that person put in prison. The king found out about it and put the man in prison because he was forgiven a lot and did not forgive a little.

At the end Jesus told the disciples that if they did not forgive from the heart, God would treat them in the same way as the king treated the man.

Forgiveness is something everyone wants, but many do not want to give. Little children are known for saying “I forgive you,” in a sarcastic way, not really meaning it. They are only saying it because the parent or adult told them to say it. The words do not come from the heart.

Although most people think of children doing this, adults do it on a regular basis also. Adults will change the words from “I forgive you,” to “it really does not matter,” or “it is ok.” Yet, under their breath they are seething with anger against the person. They take the person to court. They talk bad about that person to others. There is no forgiveness in their heart.

Think for a moment of what Jesus has forgiven you for. How many things have you done wrong to God? Keep in mind that every time you have sinned against God, that one sin is deserving of the punishment of death and abandonment from God for all eternity.

The thing that someone has done wrong to you, was it worthy of death and eternal punishment by you? If not, then why not forgive the person?

Be willing to forgive just as God has forgiven you. Forgive from the heart and truly mean what you say. When it is difficult to forgive someone, stop and think about what God has forgiven you for. Think of how many times God has forgiven you and accepted  you back to Him.

Do not force God to have to punish you for not being willing to forgive someone from your heart. Show true love and forgive from the heart.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know what God has forgiven you of; that you will love others enough to forgive as God has forgiven you; and that many will know God’s forgiveness from your example.


Hosea 14:2 Seek God’s Forgiveness

Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2

Despite Israel prostituting themselves against God, rejecting Him and following false gods and idols, Hosea puts out a plea for them to go before God and ask for forgiveness. As they are to go, they are told to bring words with them to be able to offer the fruit of their lips.

In this world it is easy for a person to fall away from God. For just a few hours, may twice a week, a person is around many other believers. The rest of the time, most people are in this world among many more non-believers, or those who claim to believe, but do not live the life of a believer.

Most believers, do not completely walk away from God and totally reject Him, however, many do step away for a time to follow some sin. There are some that feel once they have done this multiple times, that God will reject them and that there is no longer any hope for them.

People of this world will forgive to a point, but if a person continues to do wrong, most will give up on that person forever. God does not work in the same way. He is waiting there for every person to come and seek forgiveness. God wants to forgive every person. It is what His heart is longing for. He thrives on forgiving and giving live.

No matter what you have done, no matter how bad it is, God is always waiting right there to forgive you. In order for Him to forgive you, you must ask for it. You must go before Him, repent of the sin and ask Him to forgive you.

Once God has forgiven you of any sin, you must offer the fruit of your lips. This is offering Him thanks, praise and worship. Give Him the honor and glory that is due Him. He did not have to forgive you. He had the right to destroy you, but He didn’t. Give Him praise with your lips. Praise Him directly and tell everyone what God has done for you and what He can do for them.

Return to God today.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will return to Jesus; that you will seek forgiveness from God; that you will accept His forgiveness; and that you will give God praise all the time.



Burden of regret

Burden of regret

Regrets are something that most people have. Regrets are a sadness or disappointment over something that had happened in the past. The past might be the immediate past, or something that had occurred many years before.

Young children may have some regrets. They regret taking that cookie they were told not to take. Or maybe regret getting caught taking the cookie. Others may regret something they said or did to someone that got them in trouble. Many of these regrets are quickly forgotten and the child moves on.

Later, when in the middle school and high school years, the regrets stay about the same. Not really changing, not having much of an impact upon the person. When the regrets really begin to happen is when the person gets a little older, or into the middle years of life.

Most people look back on their lives and have a lot of regret for things that they had said or done in the years past. Some of those things were done in the name of fun. Others were done because of a lack of knowledge or wisdom. Still others were done on purpose at the time of being done, but had a lasting negative impact on the life of someone.

Choices made

Actions and words that a person can do and say can have an impact for many years upon some people. How many people can remember a harsh word said by someone they loved and trusted when they were young, and now they are much older? How many can remember being the one who said that harsh word when they were much younger and to this day regret ever having said it?

Many believers in the church have the same problem of living with regret. They regret their former way of life. They regret failing God time and again. The regret not taking the opportunities that God had placed in front of them out of fear.

While it is good to regret doing wrong and sinning before God or others, it is not good to stay in that regret. Regret keeps a person living in the past. Regret does not allow a person to move on. Regret does not allow a person to live the abundant life that God had planned for them.

One thing that regret does that most people do not see is that it tells God that He is not big enough to forgive the past.

1 John 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

It is true that every person has made a mistake in his past. There are things that both you and I have done that now we regret. All those things that we did wrong fall under the category of sin. Sin on purpose, or sin by accident, or sin by omission, all is sin.

As a believer in Jesus, you have to confess all those sins and repent of them. That is you must admit that you had done wrong and strive to never return down that same path again. If you have not confessed your sins or repented of them, then you are not really following Jesus, which means you are not saved.

I'm Sorry

If you have confessed your sins, God in His great love and mercy is willing to forgive you and purify you of all those sins.

Psalm 103:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

When God purifies you of your sins, He casts them out as far as the east is from the west. Think about that. No matter how far you travel east, you will never meet the west. You have to turn direction to meet the west. God has gotten rid of those sins, never to be remembered any more.

Micah 7:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

God has so much love and compassion for you that He will get rid of all your sins forevermore. They will be cast out to where no one can ever get to them again.

Now you may ask, what does all this have to do with regret? Glad you asked.

Going back to what was said at the beginning: regret is a sorrow, sadness or disappointment over something that was had happened in the past.

Many Christians have repented of a past sin, but have not forgiven themselves or gotten past the regret of doing it. They are constantly going to the altar asking God to forgive them of some past sin or regret.

If you believe the words found in the bible, you will know that Jesus has already paid for that regret and forgiven you of it. If God can forgive you of your sin, why can’t you forgive yourself? You are not better than God.

Let It Go

Let go of the past and look forward to now and the future. The past is already done, good or bad, and there is nothing more you can do about it. Once you seek forgiveness it is gone and done away with. God no longer remembers it.

Stop living with regret and start living for God. Jesus said that He came to give you a full life.

John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The world and Satan wants you to live in bondage to regret of your past. God wants you to live a full life in forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Every time you are reminded of something in your past that was wrong that you have already repented of, remind the devil that Jesus has forgotten that sin, and you do not need to regret it anymore. You have a future as a child of God, an heir to all that heaven holds. Do not live in the past. Live for today and the future.

No Regrets

Take all your regrets and mistakes and give them to Jesus. Let Him cast them out. And don’t pick them up again. Do not live with regrets anymore. Jesus has paid the price for them.


Jeremiah 33:20-21 God’s Faithfulness

“This is what the LORD says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant–and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me–can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.'” Jeremiah 33:21-21

God had made a covenant promise to David that he would always have an heir on the throne forever. During the time God judged Judah and cast them into exile in Babylon, God had restated this promise to the people. His promise is so strong that God said that if anyone could break the occurrence of day and night, then, and only then, would God’s covenant with David be broken.

As a believer and a non-Jewish person, one may wonder about how this is with him. As a whole, most people all over the world are not an Israelite or of the Levitical priesthood.

God’s promise to David was fulfilled through Jesus. Jesus came through the line of David and is a King, and He will live forever.

When you had chosen to repent of your sins and accept what Jesus had done for you on the cross, you came into a covenant with God. You agreed to follow His ways and trust Him. You agreed to become a changed person and leave your life of sin. As you did this, Jesus also came into a covenant with you to remove your sins, to save you for eternity, and to change your heart.

No person can change the order of day and night, no matter how hard they try. In the same way, you cannot change God’s covenant. You may be able to break your side of the covenant, thus voiding the covenant, but you cannot break God’s side of it.

God has promised forgiveness and life to you. This was made to the Israelites while they were going into captivity, but God upheld His side of the agreement and restored them. In the same way God made the agreement with you, while you lived in sin and death–captivity. He is giving you life and will continue to do so.

Trust God’s promise to give you life today, even when going through captivity of this world. He is faithful.

I pray today that you will know the covenant God has given you; that you will know the life Jesus is offering you; that you will be the changed person God wants you to be; and that you will trust the promises of God.


Jeremiah 25:11 There Is Hope

This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:11

The Israelites in Judah had chosen to follow false gods, despite many warnings from the prophets. God had chosen to punish them by allowing Babylon to overrun the nation and place them all in captivity. Through the prophets, God told the Israelites to go into captivity and serve the king of Babylon, a gentile king, for a time. This time of service and punishment would only last for a set amount of time. It would end in seventy years, there was the hope of restoration.

Living in sin will always have a price that a person must pay. The ultimate price is death. It starts out with spiritual death and separation from God, and ends with physical and spiritual death for all eternity.

Those who have never chosen to follow Jesus are destined to be punished for eternity. Those who have chosen to follow Jesus have had their sins removed. The punishment is no longer there. However, when believers step back into sin and choose to not follow Jesus for a time, there may be punishments set in place by God.

God is a loving Father who does not allow His children to do wrong without any correction or punishment. He disciplines those He loves.

There may be times when you have chosen a wrong path that was not God’s path for you. You chose to step into sin for a time. God may discipline you in order to get you to focus back on Him. He does not want you to stay in sin and be punished with death for eternity.

The good news is that the discipline is only for a set amount of time. It is not for eternity. The discipline for the Israelites lasted for only seventy years. God set a limit for it when He put it in place. He will also place limits on the discipline in your life.

The consequences of living in sin may be for a short time or a longer time, but when there is repentance, it is not for eternity. Go through the discipline and learn to follow God correctly. Know that it is only for a set time. With the forgiveness found in Jesus, you will still live for eternity. Do not stay in that sin, but know the hope you have in Jesus.

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all your life; that you will learn all lessons from God; that God will strengthen you in all discipline; and that you will shine for God after any discipline.



Jeremiah 5:7 Why Should God Forgive You?

“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.” Jeremiah 5:7

Some of the people of Israel were crying out to God for forgiveness and mercy as He was pouring out punishment upon them. They were being overrun and put into captivity and exile because of all their sins. God asked the question as to why He should forgive them.

God then points out that the Israelites children had walked away from Him. They refused to follow Him and went after others gods. Just like a loving father, God had provided abundantly for all of their needs, yet they still walked away from Him. Now He questions why He should forgive them.

Things are no different today. There are people who have chosen to follow God, but after a time, chose to walk away from God’s ways. Some may not completely abandon God, but they choose a path that does not follow, nor honor God in any way. They choose to live in sin on purpose.

It is one thing to have never known God, live in sin and then ask for forgiveness. However, it is a completely different thing to commit to living for God, but then walk away from Him on purpose, then ask for forgiveness.

As a human, you may say that person does not deserve any forgiveness. God looks at that person with amazingly great love and compassion, and wants to forgive. God looked at you with that same love and compassion and wants to forgive you. His desire is that no one is lost or needs to be punished.

God does not enjoy punishing people, but His holiness requires it, if they refuse to follow Him.

No matter what you have done, or how you have hurt God, He is always right there waiting to forgive you. If you question His ability to forgive you, think about His love for you. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for you. If He was willing to do that, He will be willing to forgive you, if you ask Him too, and turn from all your sins.

Will you change today and allow God to forgive you?

Or will you stay in your sins?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love and compassion for you; that you will turn from your sins; that you will allow God to forgive you; and that you will give God a reason to forgive you.