2 Peter 3:9 (KJV), “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Grey was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He had accidentally murdered his wife when in a heated argument and fight with her because he heard she was cheating on him. While in prison, he discovered that what he heard about his wife was false. He became really sad and thought himself deserving of the maximum punishment. “What came on me? After I’d preached against evil I’m now a victim of what I preached against”.
After Grey had spent some years in prison, he was fortunate to be selected for a mass presidential pardon, and he was granted a pardon. He, however, turned down the pardon telling the warder that he doesn’t even deserve normal death. The prison officers and many of his brethren tried their best to persuade him but he vehemently refused the freedom. “I killed my innocent wife, I deserve the punishment, just let me die here. Why should a man like me be pardoned?” he retorted. Every other inmate whose name made the list was released but Grey remained in prison.
One of Satan’s greatest lies is making you feel you have done something so terrible that you cannot be forgiven by God. He even makes some think they have committed the unpardonable sin. But this is not true, if you can feel sorry for what you have done, you can be forgiven by God. The one who has committed the unpardonable sin will never feel he has offended God, he may be remorseful and even regret it but will never think of repenting.
No matter how terrible the mistake, offense, or sin is, if you will turn to God in repentance and ask for his forgiveness, He will have mercy and forgive you.
Proverbs 28:13 (KJV) “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Go into today knowing that God’s mercy can be yours if you confess your sins and forsake them. No sin is too grievous for God to forgive if you can turn to Him in repentance and ask for mercy.
Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to search you, then confess and forsake any sin that He brings to your remembrance. Ask Him for grace to live above sin.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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