Why do we get presents for our birthday?
There isn’t really a reason for it, it’s a celebration of us living, but we don’t actually do anything for it – there is no cost. If anything, it should be our parents receiving presents for us coming in to the world in the world and bringing us up in the first place, but it is us.
As Christians we believe the greatest gift we have received is the gift of Jesus, and especially the gift of Jesus dying on the cross. Because of this gift we are able to receive complete forgiveness for anything that we do, at no cost to us, and therefore our lives can be complete. A lot of people think that it is unfair that forgiveness is offered to ANYTHING, and think that there are some things that should, perhaps be unforgivable. BUT this is a bit of a misunderstanding, Billy Graham said
“The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance”
Yes anything can be forgiven but we have to repent, this isn’t a specific set of words that has to be said, but a recognition of something we have done wrong, an apology for our act and trying to change behaviour in the future. The prophet Isaiah said
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost
As this shows, God will provide all we need, with no cost at all… however… as with forgiveness… we have to go to God to be able to receive it. As with all gifts, they are of no use if you don’t show some willingness to receive them in the first place.
Challenge: Are there any things that you need to repent for, and make changes in your life?
Prayer: Thank you God for giving the greatest gift at no cost to us, help us to come to you to be able to receive it. Amen