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Cherise Finally Realized That Forgiveness Is Something to Cherish

August 13, 2009

 I read a story recently about a girl who started going to church not long after her mom married her new stepdad. At the beginning she felt unsure about church and really out of place. But a little while later Cherise decided that she wanted to become a Christian, and all that it entailed became a way of life. 

Not long after she was baptized, she began to feel like she was taking advantage of her religion, but then someone in the church told her that God forgives you no matter what you’ve done. After she heard that, she began to find herself doing things that wouldn’t be pleasing to God, knowing that she would be forgiven afterward. 

Someone once told me that you have a jar inside your body (figure of speech) where all your sins accumulate. If that were true, imagine how full some of our jars must be—probably overflowing. Something in Cherise’s heart made her realize that the things she was doing were wrong and that she needed to empty her jar of sins by asking God for true forgiveness. Cherise knew that even if she sincerely asked God to forgive her, there would still be consequences for her actions. She finally realized that forgiveness is something to cherish and not to take for granted. 

Do you have sins today that you ask forgiveness for—but you are not truly repenting? Is your jar all filled up, needing to be emptied? Ask God today to help you empty that jar and come into your life completely.

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