Blessed and Forgiven

What is your view of God? Do you think he has changed over time? Do you or have you had the opinion that God was an angry God in the Old Testament? Have you spent time studying the stories of the Jews? Have you taken time to understand what God was doing?

If you have been a Christian for very long, you have likely heard the opinion or had the opinion yourself that God was angry with the Jews quite often. You have heard that he wiped out the enemies of Israel. You may think God acts based on emotion rather than with righteousness.

Unfortunately, these half-truths and false narratives are told about God by those who have not taken time to study God’s Word. They may not have even stepped foot into a Bible study. In fact, they are very much like a bad rumor that keeps being repeated. They are spread to make a case for someone to reject God.

Of course, as we may have heard, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His nature has not, nor does it change. God has always desired bringing all people to him. He has blessed people throughout history, while also punishing those who oppose him. The heart of God is that of a loving Father who cares for his children.

King David recognized God’s blessings and forgiveness when he wrote the thirty-second Psalm. He had been the recipient of God’s blessings and forgiveness. He knew that when God forgave someone of their sin, it was no longer held against them. He knew that God’s requirement was to be in covenant with him. David was in covenant, had committed sin, and had been forgiven. The same is true today. If we are in covenant with God and repent of our sin, God forgives us.

I pray we all remain in covenant with God. I pray we repent of our sin. I pray each of us understand that God blesses us, forgives us, and loves us as a loving Father loves his children. God is the always the same. God has not changed. God loves you. God will forgive you. Remain in covenant with God. Hold on to your faith.

Psalm 32:1-2

Blessed is the one 

whose transgressions are forgiven, 

whose sins are covered. 

Blessed is the one 

whose sin the Lord does not count against them 

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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