Carrying on with my theme from yesterday I want you to look at a couple of encounters Jesus has with people in the Word.
Take the woman taken in adultery for instance (John 8 v 3 to 11).
We see Jesus accepting this woman and not condemning her (John 8 v 11).
Yes, we see Jesus telling her to sin no more, however this was after He accepted her.
Do we see the woman asking for forgiveness before His acceptance?
Now think about the thief on the cross (Luke 23 v 39 to 43).
The thief called Jesus Lord and asked for help (Luke 23 v 42), and Jesus said he would be with Him today i.e. after death (Luke 23 v 43).
Where in this account does the thief ask for forgiveness?
If there were any people who needed to ask for forgiveness surely it was an adulteress and fornicator and a convicted thief on a cross!
These are pictures for us today, showing us that we do not need to ask the Lord for forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a ‘done deal’, and not just for those of us in the church but for all men (1 John 2 v 2).
Forgiveness flowed for all and to all as His blood flowed down the cross (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
You are not required to ask the Lord for something He has already given you, simply thank Him for it.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have already been forgiven for all my sin, past, present and future, and that this forgiveness came solely through the shed blood of Jesus”.
John 8 v 11…..She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more