Nothing can separate you from the love of God

Last week the church had the air conditioners at the parsonage and the church serviced for their yearly maintenance. The AC company found a very dirty filter in the parsonage (the parsonage is another word for the pastor’s home provided by the church).  For the past few years I have been very faithful in keeping fresh filters installed.  However, the past 8 months or so I have obviously not been so diligent.  And just so we knew what size we needed, somebody put a note on the embarrassingly dirty filter that said “parsonage filter – 20 x 25 x 1” and set it outside the door of the church.  I got a clean filter, put it in the house, and got rid of the dirty one as soon as I saw it.  It was obvious that I had wrongly neglected changing the filter.

Most of the time, our wrongs are not put out for all to see.  Most of the time, very few people know about them, and we try to keep them hidden.  It is one of the problems with trying to help people with their addiction problem.  Too many people try to keep it hidden.  What we must remember is we all have our baggage.  We all have our wrongs.  We are all sinners.  We must also remember that Jesus loved and still loves sinners.  That is good news for everyone.  1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  We are all sinners.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Some of us have no problem believing we are a sinner.  Our sin is ever before us and we are constantly condemning ourselves.  Our problem is not believing we are a sinner, but our problem is believing that Jesus could know everything about us and still love us, and even go so far as to forgive us.  Today I want to remind you that nothing can separate you from the love of God.  He loves you and wants you to pour out your hearts to Him.  He will surely forgive you, and help you forgive yourself.

On the other hand, we must never look upon another’s sin as worse than our own or judge anyone because of their sin.  We must never point out sin to condemn the sinner, but that through the acknowledgement and confession to Jesus of the sin, the sinner may be forgiven and saved… and freed.

It does not matter how well we keep our wrongs hidden or if we shout it from the rooftops.  It does not matter if nobody knows or if the whole world knows.  All that matters is that we take them to God and receive forgiveness.  And only then can we be set free.

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