The Forgiveness of Sins

John Tousley

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them. (v. 19)

Christians gratefully believe in the forgiveness of sins, because of the sacrifice of God’s Son. Through Christ God, in his faithfulness, restored the relationship that was broken by the unfaithfulness of his people. This reconciliation required the sacrificial death of God’s sinless Son for all his sinful people. On the cross, Jesus the Savior carried our guilt, suffered sin’s punishment, and satisfied God’s justice. So God justly and graciously forgives all who humbly repent of sin and believe in his Son, “not counting their trespasses against them” (vv. 18-19).

During my childhood, I did not yet trust Christ personally. Like a singer wandering off pitch, I strayed and fell into sinful habits that I could not get free from, apart from Christ’s strength. At a junior high ski weekend, the music of Christ’s friendship came through, with warmth and love. So I responded to him in simple trust, asking him to come into my heart and life. However, I continued to struggle, until young adulthood, with the discord of a guilty conscience. My kindhearted grandpa asked what was troubling me. His eyes met mine, and he assured me, “Johnny, the blood of Christ, shed on the cross, was our total and final means of forgiveness.” Now, God’s undeserved, unearned acceptance, his gracious justification by faith in Christ crucified, the forgiveness of sins, gives me cause for joy and singing! —John Tousley

Prayer: Savior Jesus, I trust in you for the pardon, the forgiveness of all my sins.