Friday, 1st Week of Lent February 27th
Nathaniel Guest C ‘17
God’s Hope And Forgiveness
“Now if the wicked person turns from all the sins he has committed, keeps all my statutes, and does what is just and right, he will certainly live; he will not die. None of his transgressions will be held against him.” Ez 18:21-22
In reading this passage, there are two clear messages God is trying to bring to our attention. A message of hope and a message of forgiveness. Due to our fallen human nature, even the most righteous among us fall into sin. We all have committed acts against our Father. There is hope for us though. The first part of this passage states that we, as sinners, have the ability to turn away from our sins. Is this an easy task? No, it is not; the daily struggle with temptations is impossible to avoid and it is difficult to turn our backs on them. While we know that we can change our ways, we will need assistance in order to effectively do so. God’s forgiveness is what really creates the hope inside of us so that we can have the drive we all need to better our lives. His ability to forgive us goes far beyond what we as humans can understand! By Jesus’ Crucifixion we can get an idea of just how much God wants to forgive His children. Just think… the Lord and Creator of the universe wanted to forgive us so intensely that He sent His Son to die an excruciating death on a cross. This forgiveness is so powerful that after the priest absolves us, God will not even remember our sins. How beautiful is that?! A fresh start after every confession, and a hope that we can and will do better, not just during these forty days, but every day of the year. Remember God is always ready and willing to forgive, no matter what we have done. All we need to do is ask and make an effort to better our lives.
Father, I know I am a sinner, but I want to change my ways.
Please forgive me, and help me to become
the person You want me to be. Amen.