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I’m coming back to the start – Chris Tomlin

Put on the new self’ (Ephesians 4:24 NIV)

Why should we need to put on a new self? Why should we need to change?

How many times have you thought “Oops, I should not have said that” or “Oops, did that really come out loud?” or “Why did I do that again?

If you are like many people, you have probably said one or more of those statements numerous times. Many people say things without thinking first, they engage their mouth without putting their brain in gear; in other words, they say the first thing that pops into their mind, which is not always a smart idea.

There have been many times in my life, and I would also presume yours, where I have thought “If only I could do that again, it would be different”.

But how many times in our lives have we been in similar situations, where the outcome is still the same, even though we wished to change it?

Many of us, if not all of us, do things in our life that we really should not. We sin!

A lot of people think that saying we ‘sin’ sounds horrible, it makes us sound like we are bad people. Which we are, generally speaking;

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23 NIV).

I do not write this to shock people or to anger them; it is that I am simply pointing out that we are not perfect. There has only ever been one perfect person, that did not sin;

And being made perfect’ (Hebrews 5:9 ESV).

He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth’ (1 Peter 2:22 NIV).

we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin’ (Hebrews 4:15 NIV).

And not only was he perfect, but by coming to the earth, and dying on the cross, he also saved us;

he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him’ (Hebrews 5:9 ESV).

We may be people who have sinned, or rather that statement should really say ‘we are all of course people who have sinned, we are human and fail often’.

But when we go to God, and take him our failures and sins, what does God do with them?

Does God parade your sin around so that everyone can see? Of course the answers is no.

Does God ensure that you pastor and everyone at church knows every dark deed that you do? Of Course he does not?

Does God let people know through visions and dreams, how bad a person you are? Of course he does not do that either.

So we know that we do wrong in the eyes of God and the teaching held within the Bible, we know that we sin. But what do we do when we realise this?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ (1 John 1:9 ESV).

The Psalmist David also knew what he should do when he sinned against God;

Then I acknowledged my sin to you… … I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”. And you forgave me’ (Psalm 32:5 NIV).

Once when Peter was speaking in Solomon’s Colonnade, he said to those listening to him;

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out’ (Acts 3:19 ESV).

We need to come to God when we realise, or when some-one points out to us that we have sinned, and broken the laws of God.

Open confession is good for the soul’ (Old Scottish proverb – https://mtvchurchofchrist.org/wp/?p=137 – accessed 11/05/19).

But why is confessing our sin important?

It is true that God know everything that we do; he knows when we get up, and he knows what we are going to say (Psalm 139:2 & 4). God knows everything, but that is not the point.

To confess, we come nearer to God. It is humbling to speak out words saying that you know that you are not perfect, and that you have failed in some way; but, ‘Come near to God and he will come near to you’ (James 4:8 NIV).

Sometimes, verbalising something helps us as humans heal; sometimes actually saying something can take some of the pain away; and sometimes, saying something, can actually help you to come to understand why it happened.

But, by giving our burdens to God, because that what un-repented sin is, a burden; giving your burdens to him, means that you do not need to carry them anymore;

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened… … Take my yoke upon you and learn from me’ (Matthew 11:28 & 29 NIV).

We are free to carry on out life without the burden of sin weighing us down, free to simply be.

God will not hold a grudge against you for not being perfect, he will forgive you, (Psalm 32:5) some of your human friends might hold a grudge against you, and may never forgive you. God will also not stay angry at the sin you committed, (Isaiah 12:1), some of your friends may have trouble letting what you have done, go. God will not constantly bring up your failures or remind you of them, (Jeremiah 31:34) whereas your human friends might, especially if you have just annoyed or upset them. God will not even mention your sins, he has thrown them away (Psalm 103:12) or tread them under his feet (Micah 7:19), and forgotten them, (Hebrews 8:12) it is as if they never ever existed, (Isaiah 43:25); not so with many of your human friends.

But thankfully, God is not human; he is the creator and the sustainer of the universe, so we should be thankful that we have some-one to go to when we have sinned, some-one that is merciful and forgiving;

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin’ (Romans 4:8 NIV).

So we can reboot our life whenever we have done something wrong, we do not need to wait for a special moment, or a special day, whenever we need to we can confess our sin to he who created us, and we shall be washed clean with his forgiveness.

I'm coming back to the start

 

Before I spoke a word, you were singing over me;
You have been so, so good to me.
Before I took a breath, you breathed your life in me;
You have been so, so kind to me.

When I was your foe, still your love fought for me;
You have been so, so good to me.
When I felt no worth, you paid it all for me;
You have been so, so good to me.

Oh the over-whelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.
Oh it chases me down, fights till I’m found,
Leaves the ninety-nine.
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you give your-self away.
Oh the over-whelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

Reckless Love

Cory Ashbury, Caleb Culver, Ran Jackson

 

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Father we thank you for being so reckless as to let your only Son come to this earth, and to die for us. We do so much that is not what you want, help us to constantly come back to the start, to find you, to say sorry, and to reboot our heart, to start afresh, from the beginning, clean and new. Lord we love you, help us to love you more.

Amen

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