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No Sin So Bad

Jun. 27, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading
Inā e haʻi aku kākou i ko kākou hewa, he ʻoiaʻiʻo mai nō ke Akua a he lokomaikaʻi i ke kala mai i ko kākou hewa, a i ka hoʻomaʻemaʻe mai iā kākou mai nā mea pono ʻole a pau.- Ioane I 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.- 1 John 1:9
He Manaʻo o ke Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui
I read a news article recently about a janitor who came across a freezer that was beeping due to an error message.  He decided to unplug it to stop the annoying sound and accidentally destroyed decades of scientific work.  The freezer held cell cultures, samples, and experiments at minus 112-degrees Fahrenheit.  These were being used for research into photosynthesis to further the development of solar panels. Per the research company, it would take $1 million to replicate the lost samples and experiments.  I don’t know what I would be feeling if that were me.  What could one do to make things right?

Have you ever felt like you messed up so bad, there was no way you would ever be forgiven?  When it comes to sin, people have asked, “Is there anything so bad that God would never forgive me?”  To me, the answer is “NO”. When I look at the lives of the disciples, one of the most in-your-face personalities was Peter.  His boldness was something that had him in the front of the action.  When Jesus told the disciples that someone would betray him, Peter declared that he would NEVER deny Jesus.  Yet, that was something he did, not once but three times.  He turned his back on Jesus at a critical time in the Lord’s life.  Yet, the resurrected Christ turned to Peter and asked him to feed and take care of his sheep- the young followers, as a display of his love for Iesū.  Even when he turned his back on Christ, ka Haku still welcomed Peter to be a part of the fold.

Jesus is always ready to forgive us all our sins, big or small, as we read in 1st John 1:9.  All we have to do is confess our sins, admit we did wrong, and he will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  It’s not as simple as it sounds for our pride gets in the way.  No one likes to admit when they did something wrong.  That janitor who unplugged the freezer, even after being shown clearly the result of his actions, refused to admit any wrongdoing.  That will do nothing to get his name cleared, at least in the eyes of the research facility.  But if we can get beyond our pride, hope abounds through grace, the unmerited favor of Christ.  So, seek to live lives that do the work of the Lord. Know that when we mess up, God’s grace overcomes any sin, if we just confess.

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