Clean Slate

The last couple of weeks @ OTTAGETTU has been pretty racy! We’ve talked about some intense stuff with which not all of us were completely comfortable. We agreed that the subject of sex is one that is discussed freely @ school, in our culture & among friends, but not very often or openly @ church. But friends @ school & modern culture didn’t invent sex, God did! So why not talk about it @ Church!?
On February 9th we discussed God’s Plan for GREAT SEX; on the 16th it was The Risky Side of SEX; & on the 23rd we’ll talk about God’s forgiveness. There are those of us who have given in to temptation & not followed God’s plan for great sex. If that’s true for you, please know that God can give you a Clean Slate!
God knew we would struggle with guilt & forgiveness. God inspired Paul to write to the church in Colossae to remind the Christians of the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross. Paul reminded them that they were free from the bondage of the sins they committed before choosing to follow Jesus. 

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. – Colossians 2:13-15

This passage assures us that no matter what we’ve done in the past; Jesus is able to forgive us. God reminds us that we were dead because of the sin in our lives before we knew him. It is interesting that Paul uses the phrase “your sinful nature was not yet cut away” (v.13). Consider that phrase (“cut away”) in light of what we know about tumors. It is as if God wants us to see our sin as a tumor that needs to be removed for successful living.

It’s both important & comforting to see that God canceled the record of our sin. This means that he forgives all our past mistakes, including our sexual sins. The word “forgive” is powerful; actually it’s life-changing. It’s common to struggle with forgiveness because of our incredible ability to remember. God forgives-and yet he chooses to forget. We need to learn to forget about the sins that have already been forgiven, in the same way God does.

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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