God Is Just To Forgive Us
"...that He [God] might be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Romans 3:26b)
Let's pretend that your brother has done something to hurt you very badly. What if when your parents found out what happened, they said, "Oh, we'll just let that go it's all right. Just forget about it."
No, you say! You have been hurt. You have been sinned against. Your parents would not be just unless they punished your brother for that sin. Right?
But let's pretend you stepped in and said, "Punish me for what my brother did. I'll take the punishment, and he won't have to." Then your parents would be just to forgive your brother, right? Someone else would be taking the punishment in his place.
This is very much like what God has done for us. We have hurt Him by our sin. Each one of us has gone against His perfect, holy law so many times, in so many ways, that we could never be punished enough to pay for it all. And yet He forgives us. How can He be just to forgive us?
The only way He can be just is to punish someone else in our place. And Jesus, His perfect, holy Son, took God's punishment when He died on the cross. He was our substitute. He took the punishment that we deserved. If we turn to Jesus, trusting Him to free us from sin, God will forgive us for the sake of His Son.
God is just to forgive the sin of those who have believed on His perfect Son, Jesus Christ.
» Have I accepted Jesus' death on the cross as the payment for my sin?
Truth In Real Life
Dwight L. Moody
“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
“After our great generals, great statesmen, great scientists and great men of letters have passed away and been forgotten… the work of D. L. Moody will go on and its saving influence continue and increase…. Yes, it will continue throughout the ages of eternity.”
The above words were spoken by the evangelist and Christian author R.A. Torrey – who had been a personal friend of D. L. Moody. And he was right – the legacy of Moody’s ministry continues and in that sense will live on in the hearts of men and women generation after generation. Many people and their descendents will be in heaven partly because God used Moody to introduce them to Bible-based teaching about Himself.
The sixth in a family of nine children, Dwight Lyman Moody was born on February 5, 1837, in Northfield, Massachusetts. Although his parents were godly, he would never know a normal home life. When he was just ten years old, his father died, and the boy Moody was forced to leave home to get a job.
After a Sunday School teacher led Moody to Christ when he was 18, his life changed dramatically. During the forty years following his salvation, he led at least one million souls to Christ, taught thousands of men how to preach, started three Christian schools, and created the world’s largest Sunday School. (Abraham Lincoln was once a guest speaker for it!)
Moody teamed up with the talented Christian musician Ira D. Sankey; and together, they conducted Gospel meetings all over the world.
“There are many of us who are willing to do great things for the Lord,” Moody once said, “but few of us are willing to do little things.” Such little things might include encouraging a brother or sister in Christ, showing love to someone who is ungrateful, or doing kind things in secret. What “little thing” can you do for Christ today? If you hope to do something big for Him, you ought to be content to start with “small things” and do them well for Him and His people. Being faithful with small things is good practice for faithfulness in bigger things, if that’s what God wills.
Mark 9:41 – “For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”