Jesus told us in John 15:9 “As the Father loved me, I also have loved you: Abide in My love…these things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you , and that your joy may be full…Greater love has no man than to lay down one’s life for his friends. He later tells the disciples that no one will take His joy from them.” Our lord shares His Joy with us. His joy is sharing The Joy of forgiveness with us. Can I get a witness?
He shares with us
When Moses goes up to meet with God (Exod. 34; 1-9, 27&28) it was time for God to renew His 10 Words and restore the broken law. It sounds like the Church at Ephesus who had left their first love and needed to do the first works again. (Rev.2:5) Moses was required to make the stone tablets for God to write on. God then fulfilled His promise to reveal Himself, and have mercy, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Iniquity (idea of sins committed from an evil disposition). Transgression (rebellion against God). Sin (missing the mark). These agreements renewed the Covenant of the Lord with His people.
We can have what He shares
The Psalmist relates to the Joy of forgiveness in Ps. 32; Blessed is he whose transgression (strongest OT term for personal evil, rebellion against Sovereign) is forgiven. Whose sin (missing the mark) is covered. Whom the Lord does not count sin against them, and in whose spirit is no deceit…Conviction was obviously on the author until “I acknowledged my sin to You, and did not cover up my iniquity. I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, and You forgave the guilt of my sin. This Scripture is thought to be written after and result of the Penitential Psalm 51. Let all the faithful pray to You while you may be found. The floods will not reach us and God will protect us from trouble as long as I am not like the mule which has no understanding. The Psalm ends with rejoicing in the Lord and singing for the upright in heart. We can have the Joy of Forgiveness in our hearts. Glory!!!
We must share what He shares
Mt. 18; 10-14 like Luke 15; 3-7 shows no limits to sharing this Joy of Forgiveness. His love compels us! We choose to bring this Joy to the Lost wherever they may be in church and/or out. We are forgiven and cleansed, broken and surrendered, Saved and Sanctified and it is this joy of forgiveness we can’t keep to ourselves. He Sanctified (Himself) so we could be sanctified (Holified) by Him continually.
According to Barna’s book; “America at the Cross Roads”. our nation is transitioning from Christian to a mostly post-modern, secular worldview mainly because such a small percentage of born again believers don’t see the necessity of sharing. Have we taken the time and effort to grasp God’s vision for our lives? What a time for a revival of His Joy of Forgiveness shared with others!
Rev. Bill Ulmet – Tenured Evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene – Monroe, TN