Where can I find forgiveness?

Many of us are weighed down with feelings of guilt and shame for things that have happened in our lives. The prophet David, wrote many songs to God.

In one of them he expresses the longing we all have for forgiveness. The said this:

‘Wash me thoroughly from my wrong doing,
and cleanse me from my sin! …..

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow’. (which is in Psalm 51)

We can only find true forgiveness when we know that God has forgiven us.

In Jesus’ life there was an event where a very sinful woman came to Jesus and showed great love towards him. Jesus shows compassion towards her and forgiveness, and he taught the people around him that God’s love and forgiveness does not depend on how bad our sin is. Indeed he teaches that those who are forgiven by God a lot will, in turn, love God a lot!  Please watch and see what it teaches you about finding forgiveness.

Watch how Jesus forgives sin

The video clip comes from the Lumo Project (www.lumoproject.com)

Luke 7: 36-50

Read how Jesus forgives the sins of a very sinful woman and teaches those around him about God's love even for those with much guilt and shame

Luke 7: 36-50 (NIV) A woman who had great sin and shame receives forgiveness

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not

put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Listen to how someone experienced God's forgiveness in a real way

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