Often when we sin, we feel sad and remorse and even more guilty. We feel that the Lord has moved away from our lives because of our sins. We are filled with shame and try to move further away from Jesus. We are reluctant to go back to our loving Father. We falsely believe that the Lord will punish us and that there is no escape from his great wrath – and so we continue to live in sin.
It is always good to remember that our Lord is ever merciful. No matter how big our sins are or how numerous they are, we still have chance for forgiveness and mercy. We only need to do a few things :-
- Feel truly sorry for our sins knowing that we have committed a mistake.
- Ask Lord for his forgiveness and healing.
- Make a decision not to fall into temptation and commit the same sin again.
If we can do the above, then we can truly experience the joy of forgiveness.
Psalm 32 dwells on the Joy of Forgiveness. It is good to read this Psalm when you need to turn away from your sins and ask God for his divine Mercy. This beautiful Psalm depicts the pain of living in sin and the joy of confession.
“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD “—
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart! “