Thomas E. Kittrell
October 12, 2010
As I look back on my life I see many, many sins and wrong choices I am guilty of. I want no one to think I am such a Godly man that I have no sins. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I often tell others that Paul said he was the chiefest of sinners, but that was until I came along. My sins have been many, and I confess this to all. I have confessed them all to God, and He has forgiven me. This brings me to the other point I want to share with you.
In Luke 7:41-43 we find Jesus asking Simon who would most love the one who had forgiven, the one who had been forgiven little or the one who had been forgiven most. Simon’s answer was, “the one he forgave most.” And Jesus assured Simon his answer was correct.
I have been forgiven so much, and that is why I love Jesus so much. Many of you can relate to this with me, for you are probably thinking, as you read this, of the sins you have been forgiven by Christ. Why am I sharing this with you? Here is why: There are several of you who comment on my writings who make a statement to the effect that I am a very Godly man.
I do strive to live a Godly life, but like you, I am only a sinner saved by grace, God’s grace. Without Him I am nothing. Because of Him I am redeemed and forgiven. Forgiven, oh what a wonderful word, and how wonderful it is to be able to claim it. That is why I write what I write; that is why I can praise Him, share Him, write about Him, and teach about Him.
Yes, I love Jesus, and to quote the line of a song, “because He first loved me.” I have no righteousness of my own. The Father looks down on me, and He sees the righteousness of His dear Son, Jesus. He doesn’t see my sins, for they are taken care of at Calvary. Calvary took care of sins committed by confessing believers’ sins then, it looked back to history to take care of the sins of those who loved God, and it looks forward to the present and future, to take care of the sins of confessing believers who trust in Christ.
So, according to Christ’s own words, I cannot but help to love Him among the most, for He has forgiven me so many sins. I could call some of my sins “terrible” and some of my sins “not so terrible.” That does not make any difference with Christ, for all my sins are terrible, for they bring shame to Christ. All sins are to be repented of and confessed. I do not deny my love for Christ, and I do not think I am being presumptuous to state I love Jesus more perhaps than some do, for some have not sinned as much as I have. This is not to boast of my sins, God forbid! I merely intend for you to understand my writings are to glorify God, not boast of my Godliness. Perhaps you, personally, relate to what I am saying. If you do, then you should love Jesus a lot too.
God bless you and keep you is my prayer. Do not be ashamed to proclaim your love for Him. The most pitiful people are the ones who think they do not sin and think they have no need of forgiveness.
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