The Power of Forgiveness

In Mark chapter 2, Jesus heals a man who’s been paralyzed for years with a few simple but powerful words: “Son, your sins are forgiven.” His choice of words bothered the religious leaders, because they didn’t believe Jesus had the power to forgive sins.

The fact is: Jesus did have the power to forgive sins. And yet, I still find His choice of words interesting. Why would He say “your sins are forgiven” instead of just saying “you’re healed.” We don’t know the answer to this question for sure, but I’ve found that the words of Jesus that we read in the Bible often transcend the moment and time.

We believe that the Word of God is living and active, meaning that it continues to speak to each of us and He continues to reveal His truth to us through it.

I find His choice of words here interesting because feeling unforgiven can sometimes feel like paralysis. When we feel shame and guilt from sin, it can keep us from moving forward.

Are you carrying the weight of failures or struggles from your past? Do you have unforgiven sin in your life that is paralyzing you and keeping you from moving forward? I believe Jesus wants to utter these same words to each of us: “Son (or Daughter), your sins are forgiven.” He wants to bring healing to our lives physically and spiritually so that we can stand up and begin to move forward in the fullness of life He has promised to everyone who believes. Our sins are forgiven and it’s time for us to rise up and walk!

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