SINS PURGED

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For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. – (James 2:10)

Only one has walked this earth who kept the Ten Commandments perfectly, and that was Jesus. Everyone else has fallen short.

We have broken the Ten Commandments in more ways than we realize. We have taken the Lord’s name in vain. We have had other gods before Him. We have lied. Perhaps we have stolen or have committed adultery or even murder. At the very least, we have lusted or hated. Yet the Bible says that if we stumble in one point of the law, we are guilty of all of it (see James 2:10).

Why, then, did God give us these commandments? They were not given to make us righteous. They were given to show us that we are not righteous. They were given to show us that we fall short of God’s standards. They were given to show us that we need help. The commandments drive us into the open arms of Jesus, who died on the cross for all our sins.

The Bible says, “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). What that means is Jesus took the penalty of the commandments that say, “The person who sins is the one who will die” (Ezekiel 18:20). He died in our place and absorbed God’s wrath that should have come upon me and upon you.

Maybe you need to repent of some sin. God will forgive you—but you have to admit your sin, stop making excuses for it, and turn from it. The Bible says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9).

There is a remedy for our sins. There is forgiveness—if we will turn from that sin and believe in Him.

We’ve all been there. We’ve chosen to do something selfish, something mean, immoral, or maybe even illegal.
We’ve made willful decisions that hurt people and bring shame upon us.
 
Deliberate actions that cause life-long consequences for ourselves and others. Sometimes it takes a long, long time to admit our wrongdoing.
And when we do, the enormity of our offence hits right between the eyes.
The depth of our corruption feels like a kick in the stomach and we take a new look at ourselves and say, “I never dreamed I could one day be capable of doing that.”
“Who am I? And what that kind of person am I, really?”
 
Yes, we’ve all been there.
 
Eventually we realize we couldn’t hide any of it from God. He knows every detail.
Like David, we cry out, Oh, God, don’t cast me away—don’t shove me out of Your presence! Don’t chase me away! (Psalm 51:11)
And we know deep down inside that we can do nothing—nothing—to undo what we’ve done. We can’t make our actions disappear. We are powerless to do anything to clean ourselves up.
All we can do is fall on our faces, confess our hard-hearted, selfish disobedience, and ask God’s forgiveness.
If our repentance is sincere, God is ready to forgive.
If we’re ready for “…a radical reconstruction of the heart, God is ready to forgive.
 
“God not only puts our sins out of sight
[Isaiah 38:17];
he also puts them out of reach
(Micah7:19, Psalm 103:12),
out of mind
(Jeremiah 31:34)
and out of existence
(Isaiah 43:25; Isaiah 44:22; Psalm 51:1, 9; Acts 3:19).”
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