God Erases Our Mistakes—If We Want Him To

God Erases Our Mistakes—If We Want Him To

The modern lead pencil is a perfect example of mass production. For a nickel we can buy this amazing article assembled from so many parts of the world. Actually, the lead pencil contains no lead. No real lead, that is. The dark part in the middle, which makes the mark, is really graphite, a mineral composed of carbon.

Most graphite used in American pencil factories comes from Africa. The rubber eraser probably originates in southeast Asia. The wood may have come from Tennessee or Oregon. The metal band could come from any of our iron mines.

Any kindergarten pupil knows how to use the pencil. With one end you make marks, including mistakes. With the other end you rub out mistakes. It's that simple.

We make mistakes in life too. We say, do, and think mistakes. If they are intentional, if they are performed with a bad motive, we call these mistakes sins. A sin is the breaking of one of God's laws. Sin always hurts us the most, even when other persons are injured by what we do.

For example, we may tell an ugly falsehood about a classmate. Naturally, it damages his reputation. But we are hurt twice as badly. If the falsehood is proved to be just that, then we are shown to be a bearer of bad tales. Also, we feel bad about our misdeed. Our mistakes hurt us twice.

We all make these moral mistakes. We all sin. Sometimes we sin by failing to do the right thing. More people sin this way than any other. So, we can make the mistake of doing nothing. For example, you may see a child mistreated by an older boy or girl. You do nothing. You know this is wrong. Or, you may hear a falsehood repeated and passed on. You know it will damage an innocent individual. Yet, you do nothing. This is a sin, too, as much as if you had repeated the lie.

Yes, we all make these mistakes that we call sins. But there is a way to erase them from our lives. That is by asking God, our heavenly Father, to forgive us.

He will forgive if we admit or confess our sins to him, try to set right our wrongs, and if we forgive those who have wronged us. In the Lord's Prayer we pray. "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." This means we may ask God to forgive our sins if we will forgive those who hurt us.

How does he forgive sin? We don't know. But if we can believe what Jesus Christ said, we know that God does forgive. He erases the wrongdoing from our soul. He wants us to ask his pardon. Why should we bear a heavy load of guilt in our hearts, when we can obtain forgiveness? As our sins pile up, the load inside grows heavier. Finally, it may become too heavy to bear.

Then we should say to God: "Please forgive me for my wrongs. I'm sorry for my past and will do better in the future, with your help. Please forgive me,O God!"

Murderers, bank robbers, thieves of the worst sort—all these can confess their sins to God and be forgiven.

We all have faults. We all make mistakes. But, with God's forgiveness, they can be erased. Jesus promised us that. Confess your sins to God, and he will forgive.

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