Awareness of Distance

Awareness of Distance

“Maintaining love to thousands , and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” (Ex. 34:7) INDEED, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9)

If a child of God should sin, and should continue in that sin without confession, he yet remains God’s child. God is still his Father, but there is now a weakness in his conscience: he is unable to be at ease with God. Though he may try to maintain fellowship with God, he will find fellowship both painful and limited. The impulsiveness has gone. Within him there is an awareness of distance. But there is one sure way of immediate restoration and that is to go to God in confession of the sin, calling upon Jesus Christ as his Advocate to conduct his case.

Never let us linger, then, in the shame of sin, as if such self-inflicted suffering could itself work in us holiness. There is no merit in a sense of guilt that does not lead on to repentance. If anyone sin, the one thing he must do is to go to God and confess, trusting in Jesus Christ the Righteous One to champion his cause. Remember that sin exists in the soul after two modes or forms: In guilt mode, which requires forgiveness or pardon. In pollution, which requires cleansing? Both guilt and pollution are to be confessed.

In order to find mercy, a man must know and feel himself to be a sinner, that he may fervently apply to God for pardon, in order to get a clean heart, a man must know and feel its depravity, acknowledge and deplore it before God, in order to be fully sanctified.

Jesus bore my sins in His body on the tree; therefore I am dead to sin and alive unto God and by His stripes I am healed and made whole. (1 Peter 2:24; Romans 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:21)
Praise God!

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