Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Psalm 32:1)
The greatest blessing of all time is to have one’s sins forgiven.
We live in a world where men and women are laden with guilt. They live under the constant fear that someone may find out what they have done. They live under a feeling that they are the biggest sinners of all times. They live all their lives trying to erase without success memories of terrible things they have done that they wish they never did. They trudge daily under the heavy yoke of a feeling they wish could go away but does not. They live under an enemy called guilt.
Many of God’s children are not spared this weight. They constantly hear the message that they have committed a sin so great that they have lost their friendship with God. They are told ‘when you sin you don’t necessarily lose the relationship with God, but you break the fellowship with him’.
So when they sin, they coil away in a corner and condemn themselves as ‘out of fellowship’ with God. They wonder, like I once did, what would happen if one commits sin and then dies before repenting. They live under the constant fear that this may become their lot, and that they may somehow miss their place in heaven.
Here is the good news: once your sins are forgiven, you are forgiven for good. Once you are born again, your sins are covered. Your transgression is forgiven. This forgiveness, this covering of your sins, is apart from works. It is independent of what you do or don’t do.
In Romans chapter 4 and verses 6 – 8, Paul says this: ‘David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works, “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them”. This is the blessing of the child of God.
If you are born again, your sins are forgiven. God has cast them as far away from him as the East is from the West. Indeed he will never remember them any more: he will never count them against you. That is the blessing of the child of God. John echoes this message when he writes in 1 John 2:12 that ‘I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name’.
It is one thing for your sins to be forgiven; it is quite another for you to know that they are. Many children of God, despite having had their sins forgiven, live under a false sense of guilt called self-condemnation. They think they ought to feel guilty for their sin, yet the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed them from all unrighteousness. Blessed is the man whose transgressions are forgiven; whose sins are covered. If you are born again, you are that man, and you ought to live like it. If you are not born again, well, Jesus paid the penalty for your sin. You can be forgiven, right now, right here, free of charge. Invite Christ into your life this moment and celebrate the greatest blessing of all time; the knowledge that your transgressions are forgiven, your sins are covered, the Lord will never count them against you; not now, not ever.
Hallelujah! What a blessing!
God bless you!!!