“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven” (Psalm 32:1).
The forgiveness of sins – this is such a great blessing. The forgiveness of sins: it’s just the beginning of so much great blessing which will continue throughout our life on earth and for all eternity.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
God doesn’t only forgives our sins. He makes us “a new creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This is what Saul of Tarsus experienced on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), God’s amazing grace reached Saul – and he became a new man, the Apostle Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).
The change that took place in his heart was the work of “the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). “Rivers of living water” were flowing out, through him, to others (John 7:37). This was the beginning of “eternal life” (John 4:14).
Great blessing came to Saul, the persecutor, and he became Paul, the preacher. Is this only for Paul and for long ago? No! It’s for us. It’s for our life in today’s world.
Christ has come to live in our hearts. We can look back at what we once were, the life that we had before Christ mad his home in us. We can look back and give our testimony: This is what the Lord has done for us. He has given us new life.
Even as we give our testimony, we are deeply aware that, very often, we have failed our Lord. Failure: this comes from ourselves, but there is something else, something we must never forget: God’s amazing grace. Through his amazing grace, we have been saved, and we are being kept (1 Peter 1:5): “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25).
What is the Lord keeping us for? and What is he keeping for us?
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God … Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2).
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish” (John 10:28).
Think of all the great blessings that the Lord has given to you, is giving to you and will give to you, and let your heart be filled with heartfelt thanksgiving to him.