Day 8

I Will Forgive Your Sins

from the Promises of God reading plan


Matthew 6:9-14, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 7:36-50, Acts 10:34-43, Ephesians 1:7-8

BY She Reads Truth

Had you been chosen as an Old Testament prophet, you would have had the unpopular job of giving people bad news. Judgment, punishment, destruction—these were the sort of words you might have become known for using. Sure, you would have also used their redemptive counterparts, like restoration and salvation, but often only after all the judgment, punishment, and destruction talk. When Jesus came along, He spoke words of warning like the prophets before Him, but He also offered forgiveness in a way that they, not being God in the flesh, could not. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).

While some people were drawn to Jesus, many were offended by His words and actions. Scribes accused Him of blasphemy for telling a paralytic man his sins were forgiven (Mark 2:5–7). Pharisees were appalled that He let a notoriously sinful woman touch Him (Luke 7:39). Why did Jesus say these things and spend time with these people?

Jesus knew the Father’s heart, a heart that aches for sinners limping through this world under the weight of rebellion and brokenness. It had been His plan from the beginning to provide a way for sins to be forgiven. That way is Jesus. No matter how dark or scandalous our personal sins may be, God extends mercy to us—and to the entire world—because of the price Jesus paid on the cross. He laid down His life to secure pardon for every repentant sinner.

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81 thoughts on "I Will Forgive Your Sins"

  1. Elspeth Scanlen says:

    “He bled and died, to buy my pardon. An empty grave is there to prove my saviour lives.” ❤️
    Thank you Jesus for showing us the father’s compassionate heart. Thank you for your forgiveness and grace and mercy, abundant and free. Please fill me with passion for your glory and a love for the lost that far outweighs my fear of their rejection. Please may I boldly proclaim your truth, in love, to those in my life who need to hear it.

  2. Anneliese Peterson says:

    I love that Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew the sins of the people he was with and forgave them. He wasn’t shocked. He knew that the paralytic man had an even heavier burden than his disability and that was his sin. He knew the sinful woman’s heart and love and her unabashed love and repentance and he lifted the weight. He wasn’t shocked by her sin, he saw her repentance and cleansed her, lifted her burdens and it was beautiful.

  3. Lolly Regan says:

    ❣️

  4. priya madrecki says:

    I often feel like I am Simon. Quick to judge, slow to see my own sinfulness. I have a hard time forgiving, and an even harder time forgetting. I struggle with comparison in all senses of the word. This story of the woman washing his feet always reminds me to focus less on others and more on what I am actually doing to love, glorify, and sanctify. She isn’t concerned about the weight of her sin; she isn’t even concerned about salvation. She’s concerned about glorifying God. I pray to be more like that.

  5. Josie Landon says:

    Taylor, I’m praying for you! I’ve been there. I wondered how I could call myself a follower of Jesus, a child of God, and keep repeating the same thing over and over again. God is faithful, and when we are at our weakest, He is strong.

    A verse that really helps me is 2 Timothy 1:7
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self control.

  6. Jourdan Foran says:

    So many Monday mornings, I’ve woken up regretting my weekends. Grateful for this Truth and for the washing away of that filth by a Father who loves me and doesn’t want me to stay in the muck and mire. Feeling entangled by the same sin over and over, that so easily happens, like Taylor said. Grateful for the chains being loosened. Praying for a life of holiness that is not “holier than thou”, but is freedom!

  7. Deborah Collazo says:

    Oh His mercy! Oh His forgiveness! Oh His love! Grateful from the bottom of a redeemed sinner’s heart.

  8. Lele Murray says:

    God is so good to us. So very grateful

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