Devotional: ‘Forgiveness’


Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.

When Peter saw the great catch of fish, he fell before Jesus and confessed his sin. Perhaps it was the nets full of fish that convicted Peter, but most likely it was a heart full of sin. No doubt as Jesus taught the people, Peter listened to the message and it caused him to recognize the sin in his life.

Is it important that we see the sin in our lives? We live in a world today where very few want to admit that anything is sinful. Many believe that we have to right to live however we please. Yet the Bible tells us very clearly that there must be a confession of sin before their can be a cleansing of the heart. The Bible says: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

Consider the story of the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus.

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (see Luke 23:39-43) 

The first thief who wouldn’t admit his sin, and therefore he died and went immediately to a place of torment. (see Luke 16:23) But the second thief confessed his sin and humbly asked for forgiveness, and after he died, he immediately went with Jesus into paradise.

Under deep conviction for his sin, Simon Peter fell with fear at the feet of Jesus. But notice how Jesus responded.

Luke 5:10 …And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Jesus did not want to condemn Simon Peter. He wanted to save him and to use him for His glory. The Bible says that Simon Peter and his friends immediately forsook their sinful lifestyles and began to follow Jesus.

What about you my friend? Have you ever received God’s gift of eternal life? The Bible says – “…behold , now is the accepted time; behold , now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

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