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  • Writer's pictureJason Garcia

Gracious Lord

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account (Rom. 4:7-8).

There is no escape from the consequences of sin. The conscience is defiled, the burden of guilt weighs on the mind as one is separated from God (Is. 59:1-2).

For the penitent child of God, the consequences of sin are undone. Through Christ, they are forgiven. No one deserves this wonderful gift.

God has not offered forgiveness to us because we're charming, or intelligent, or beautiful. He extends forgiveness because of who HE IS. "...He first loved us" (Jn. 4:19).

"God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them." ––C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

"He creates the universe, already foreseeing––or should we say, 'seeing'?, there are no tenses in God––the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated incipient suffocation as the body drops, the repeated torture of back and arms as it is time after time, for breath's sake, hitched up...Herein is love. This is the diagram of love Himself, the inventor of all loves..."–– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

God is love (1 Jn. 4:8). Though we have been transgressors of His Law, He is still willing to remove them "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps. 103:12), "cast them behind His back" (Is. 38:17), and "into the depths of the sea" (Mic. 7:19).

But this cannot happen devoid of any response from us. God gave us the capacity to love. He gave us a heart and a will of our own. He enabled us to give that heart to whomever we will, and has commanded it be, first of all, given back to Him––"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart..." (Matt. 22:37).

"There is of course a sense in which no one can give to God anything which is not already His; and if it is already His, what have you given? But since it is only too obvious that we can withhold ourselves, our wills and our hearts, from God, we can, in that sense, also give them. What is His by right and would not exist for a moment if it ceased to be His (as the song is the singer's), He has nevertheless made ours in such a way that we can (and should) freely offer it back to Him."––C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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