THE JOY OF FORGIVENESS

When transgressions are forgiven

Blessed is that soul;

It’s the most priceless gift one could receive

From the precious Lord behold!

To conceal and to keep silent

When transgressions do amount;

The bones will grow old with a drought within

Where despondency can mount.

If we say we have no sin

In God’s eyes we’ll all be liars,

But when we confess and we repent…

It’s God’s forgiveness we desire.

God is our hiding place

He preserves through trials and trouble;

He delivers and guides us with His eye

And with mercy He does rule.

The soul that is forgiven

Has received the greatest gift;

It is life-giving and produces fruit

When the wheat from tares He sifts.

When we acknowledge and confess

Our iniquity and do not hide;

He forgives us with His right hand

When in Him we do confide.

We thank Him for the Messiah

Who was punished for our sin,

And when we’re grateful for His sacrifice

We repent and are cleansed within.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”  Psalm 32:1-2

“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.’”  Psalm 32:5

“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.”  Psalm 32:7

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.”  Psalm 32:8

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.  Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”  Psalm 32:10-11

“First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”  Matthew 13:30

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”  1 John 1:8-10

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38