We’ve all done something we’ve regretted in life.
Often, the weight of our transgressions seem unbearable and we struggle to see how God can love us, let alone use us to fulfill His purpose in this world.
I read a story of a man who wandered into a Buddhist temple courtyard.
He was stunned by the sight of hundreds of statues of Buddha displayed up and down the sidewalks.
The leader of his group went on to explain that each statue was left by Japanese women who had aborted their children and that by leaving the statue of Buddha they were hoping they would be forgiven for their choices.
As Christians, we may scoff at the idea of thinking we can “please the gods” by performing a ritual or surrendering ourselves to false idols, but the truth is that their earnest prayers are falling on deaf ears of gods who do not exist.
Yet, in their shame and distress, they are still searching for true forgiveness.
We learn from God’s Word that only He can provide full atonement for our sins.
King David, who was a murderer and an adulterer knew he had messed up many times in his life.
In Psalm 32 we read about how David desired to ask God for forgiveness trusting that he could find full absolution from the errors he made in life.
David wrote, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord. And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:5).
When we find ourselves in need of forgiveness or for new hope, remember that God’s grace is GREATER than our sin and our guilt.