The British general, Oglethorpe, once said to John Wesley, “I never forgive and I never forget.” Pastor John Wesley replied, “Then, Sir, I hope you never sin.”
Are you struggling to live with the guilt of what you've done? You can't forgive yourself, and you can't see how God could forgive you either.
Come let us flash back to Calvary.
Jesus has a crown of thorns forced in His head. He's nailed to the cross, and as that cross is lifted up, Jesus says, "Father forgive them," releasing forgiveness to all who would receive it from Him. That's where Judas was.
Jesus was ready to forgive brutal thugs for nailing Him to a cross; He was ready to forgive Peter for denying Him and Judas for betraying Him. Jesus is ready to forgive you, whatever you have done, if you are ready to come to Him.
The cross is big enough to cover our sin. Jesus’ sacrifice is rich enough to cleanse our guilt. His love is strong enough to reach out to you, embrace you in the dark night of your soul and bring us into a new life. Believe Him. Come to Him. Put your trust and hope in Him. He is for us and not against us!
Never give up hope. The Lord Jesus Christ died to save you. He stands ready to welcome you. He calls you to believe in Him. The enemy of our soul spins two powerful lies - one is to say, "What you've done is too bad to be forgiven." The other is “It's too late to do anything about it."
Perhaps you feel life is a crapshoot and that it is too late - what will be will be. You are thinking, “It's too late for me to believe in Christ. I will trust that I have done more good than bad.” And then you roll the dice.
There was a pastor from Glasgow on the Titanic, named John Harper, traveling to Chicago. When the Titanic went down, Harper spent his last moments in the icy waters urging people to put their trust in Jesus Christ. At one point he found himself clinging to a board alongside another man. Harper asked the man, "Are you saved?" The man said, “No.” Harper said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
He swam towards others and spoke to them. He came back to the man, “Are you trusting in Jesus Christ?” he asked. “No,” the man said. “Others are turning to Him and being saved. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” he pleaded.
A few moments later, Harper's strength was exhausted and the icy waters took his life. How do we know this story? Some time later a man stood up in a church in Canada and told his story: “I am John Harper's last convert,” he said.
Never give up, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.