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From the Pastor’s Desk

How are you right with God? We confess: Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it at all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me. All I need to do is to accept this gift of God with a believing heart.”

Our confession means radical change should take place. There must be a radical change in your life, and there must be an internal change in terms of your thinking, your feelings, your attitude and your desires. And it must also proceed in a visible external change in the way you act, how you talk and how you behave towards other people. God asks to change your whole being, and He is doing it through His Spirit. We must consider the grace of Christ valuable and accept this gift of God with a believing heart. Therefore, we should examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word and where there are still shortcomings; we should repent or turn to God.

To repent means to be sad about your sin. It should not be grief because you are sad about the sinful world that you should leave. No, I am truly regretting the dishonour I have done to God through my sin. In such a sorrow, you do rend your heart and not your garments according to Joel 2:13. It should hurt deeply that you dishonoured God. Out of grace we were saved and out of grace the righteousness and holiness of Christ was given to us. It is reckoned to us if we had never sinned. Where there is remorse, we can know there is forgiveness as well.

We are right with God, and our sins are forgiven, only through Jesus.

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