The Joy of Forgiveness
February 21, 2015 Year B
The joy of forgiveness means that there is joy for the one who receives forgiveness for their sins. A man receives real joy because God does not charge him with sin.
The psalm shares the fact that someone who receives forgiveness for sin has joy (Psalm 32:1-2).
If I don’t ask for forgiveness, my life becomes bitter. I groan, and my strength is gone. Forgiveness for my sin brings me freedom (Psalm 32:3-5).
There is joy in forgiveness because God is faithful to forgive, and I don’t have to keep feeling guilty about what I have done wrong. God is there to help me. I don’t have to worry about my mistakes. I can take joy in knowing that God has covered my sin. Through the act of Jesus’ death on the cross, my sin was not only covered but bought and paid for, and completely eliminated.
This sacrifice means that I don’t have to groan all day and night and worry about my sins. I don’t have to feel guilty. God has taken care of my sin problem.
Prayer: Thank you God for forgiving me of my sin. I take joy in knowing that my sin has been covered by your Son’s blood on the cross.