One of the greatest promises of the Christian faith is the promise of forgiveness. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past, if we will confess our sins, we can be forgiven. Paul talked about this in I Corinthians 6.
Paul wrote, “Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” That’s a long list of sin and Paul says “None of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. That doesn’t sound hopeful, does it? Then, Paul provides some hope.
He says, “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
“Some of you were once like that…” Everyone of us have made mistakes. What Paul said to some of the Christians in Corinth could just as easily be said of us….” Some of you were once like that…” but we were cleansed, made holy and made right with God when we called on the name of the Lord..
Every human being has made mistakes. But, the Lord promises forgiveness to all of us… if we will ask. We can be made right with God.
Someone may think, “But I’ve messed up too bad. I can’t be forgiven.” That’s not true. Everyone of us can be forgiven if we will ask the Lord.
There is an old Mayan folk story about a young man who ran away from home. His father saw him leaving and called out, “My son, come back. Come back.”
The young man responded, “I cannot, Father, I am too far gone.”
And the father said, “Come as far as you can and I will come the rest of the way to meet you.”
That’s exactly what God does.