Luke 15; 22 – 24 —– “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
God graciously forgives us without demanding that we sort ourselves out first. The father ran first towards the younger son. When you make the decision to come to the father, all you need to do is to take the first step.
God Himself makes us righteousness. He gives us His nature and thus we have right standing with God. Whatever was done in the past is cancelled. When man forgives someone, he remembers the incident, but when it comes to God he does not remember our sin anymore. We like to scratch the wound but God does not remember our sins.
God declares us to be in the right even though we were in the wrong. Once, God has given us His righteousness we must stop trying to seek our own righteousness. We have been qualified through the death of Jesus, and now that we have the nature of God it forces us to live a good life.
If we do not believe that God is gracious then we will try to make ourselves righteous. We will want to prove that we are in the right and so when we are questioned or threatened by another person we become angry. Unless we receive God’s righteousness in faith, we will always have condemnation which will hold us back in bondage. When we receive what God has done for us in faith, when we believe we have a right standing with God, we can walk with God all the days of our life.
The word of God never condemns us but it convicts us. With conviction we are challenged to change. The woman who was caught in adultery was supposed to be stoned to death but Jesus addressed the crowd by asking the person who had never sinned to throw the first stone. The Bible says the elders left first, and gradually not a single person was left to condemn the woman. Jesus did not condemn her either but forgave her.
God sent his Son Jesus so that we might be convicted and thus repent for our wrong doings. When we experience mercy and forgiveness from God, we experience His love. Once we reach this point we no longer try to work out our righteousness but rejoice.
‘REPENT’ IS PERHAPS THE MOST HOPEFUL AND ENCOURAGING WORD IN THE CHRISTIAN VOCABULARY.