“… and Jesus said, There was a certain creditor which had two
debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when
they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore,
which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that
he, to whom he forgave most. And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast rightly
judged.” (Luke 7:40-43)
No matter how badly
you feel you have messed up in life, Jesus will freely forgive
you. He wants you to know that not only are you forgiven for your
mistakes, but you can also have a clear conscience. (Hebrews 9:14)
You might say, “Not
You have no idea how badly I messed up. I’m so bad, even God wants
nothing to do with me.”
Well, according to
what Jesus told Simon in the above verses, it’s not possible for anyone to
come up with something that God will not forgive. Jesus realizes that
the more you need to be forgiven, the more you will love Him for it!
Jesus knows that the degree to which you have sinned is parallel to the
degree to which you will love Him when He forgives you.
Some of the
greatest men and women in the Bible started out as some of the greatest
Rahab was a hooker. (Joshua
Moses killed a man. (Exodus 2:11,12)
King David had a man
murdered so he could marry his wife. (2Samuel -17)
was a rip off tax collector. (Matthew 9:9)
Peter liked to box and
throw rocks. (John 18:10,11)
Mary Magdalene was possessed of seven
demon spirits. (Mark 16:9)
The Apostle Paul conspired to murder
Christians and even admitted to being “Chief” among sinners! (1Timothy )
I myself was a
former drug addict.
I thought God was mad at me, too, because I had
ruined my life with drugs and alcohol.
Then one day I put the
television on and found one of those “televangelists” that everyone,
including me, liked to mock. I was astonished as I heard him say, “If
you’re a drug addict and you think God is mad at you, YOU ARE WRONG! God loves you and will set you free
if you’ll give your life to Jesus.”
I said, “Jesus, if
that’s true and you’ll set me free, I’ll give You the rest of my
There, ALONE IN MY
LIVING ROOM, a large hand was placed on my head three times. On the
third time I felt God’s love go right down to the tips of my cold, cold
toes. I went unconscious.
For NEARLY THREE FULL DAYS I did not
dream, change positions, eat or drink. All bodily functions ceased,
When I came to I discovered that drugs and alcohol no
longer bound me.
God had done what I
asked and now I am doing what I promised, telling everyone, everywhere,
ever since. For over 30 years I have preached the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to individuals and to the masses!