“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not be ashamed.”” Rom. 10:11

Sometimes people say that if someone has done something stupid, that person may live with the shame.  To sin, to do stupid things and to ruin for other people is serious.  That is absolutely nothing to take lightly.  The world is full of people who have both been hurt and those who have hurt others.  Sin destroys relationships and lives and the Bible also says that it is not only towards other people we sin, but against God.

 The world’s judgment against people who have done wrong is usually harsh and without mercy.  But when you yourself have made a mistake and are exposed, you are often quick to come up with explanations and excuses.  Before God we have all sinned, great or small, much or little, and therefore we are all, in ourselves sinners.

 But God sent his Son, Jesus, to earth to break the power and guilt of sin.  Jesus took on Himself all the sin and punishment for our sins.  He could do it because He was innocent.  Through the risen Jesus, there is today the opportunity to be reconciled to God.  Because the judgment fell on Jesus on the cross, we can now be acquitted when we put our faith and trust in the living Jesus, who rose from the dead on the third day.

 This is God’s solution to man’s problems.  That does not mean taking sin lightly, definitely not.  People who have committed serious crimes have a duty to other people and society has laws and judgments to follow.  But before God, one can be instantly acquitted through Jesus.  And then the vicious circle and shame are broken.  Maybe people do not forgive, but God does when you come to Him through Jesus.

 By counting on Jesus, that He took the punishment we deserve, whether we have sinned much or little, the shame is broken.  You do not have to live with the shame.  God took sin so seriously that He let His Son take our punishment.  And therefore He can now acquit all who believe in Jesus.  And when you believe in Jesus with your heart, something happens in your heart.  You are transformed and given the ability to live right.  This is good news and when you receive grace and love from God, the last thing you want to do is sin.  Today you can receive grace and forgiveness and with God’s help also forgive yourself and others.  Tell Jesus that you want to be reconciled to God.

 God bless you.

 / David Billström