Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalms 32:1 NRSV)

Country Western singer, Willie Nelson recalls his boyhood days attending a small Methodist church. "I was one of those kids who kept going down front when the preacher called for converts at the end of each sermon," Nelson wrote. "I'd see somebody next to me start to the front, and well, there I'd go again. I joined the Methodist Church at least thirty times when I was a kid. Every time I'd do something bad, I'd go join the church again. I'd walk down to the front and renounce my sins and ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart. And all of a sudden I had a new slate in the eyes of the Church. Then I'd slip off and smoke a long strip of cedar bark rolled up in a newspaper--and suddenly I was back facing the fiery furnace again."

"Each time I went to the front and rededicated my life," Nelson wrote, "I wanted to leave my sins with God and walk away clean. I felt I shouldn't have gotten off so easy. I mean, the Church had let me off, but I hadn't let myself off."

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. We are set free in Christ. We are forgiven through Christ. Believe it!

Dear Jesus, I'm honored that you came so that I may be forgiven. May I honor you in this day. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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