Love and Forgiveness

Numbers 14:19

In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.

God’s love is shown in no greater way than through His forgiveness.  Time and time again God has forgiven the sins of His people when they call upon His name.

The Bible is full of great heroes but a close look at these characters shows us that they are also very flawed people.  While we’re told of their triumphs, we’re also told about their failings.  Men of faith from Noah to Abraham, Moses to David, and many in between committed great acts of sin.

What separates those who love the most from those whom we may term casual Christians today is not the number or size of one’s sins.  Instead it is the willingness to ask for forgiveness after the sin.

This is characterized no better than in David, a man after God’s own heart.  David was guilty of adultery and murder but when he was confronted with his sin he was broken and sought forgiveness.

Of course God’s love is made complete on the cross.  While the Bible is full of stories of individuals who sought forgiveness, the true story of love is how forgiveness is made possible.  It was love that sent Jesus to earth and it was love that allowed Him to be nailed to the cross.  This is the ultimate act of love.

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