It was a great experience which touched my life last week. I had always wondered at God’s love which compelled him to sacrifice his only son Jesus Christ on my behalf as a punishment/remission for my sins/wrongdoings. I always used to fathom about this love and in my mind I used to believe God loves me and forgives my sins. But I had hardly believed it in my heart which Lord reminded me last week.
I went for a confession last week to a very elderly and loving priest in my parish. When I went to him, I said a small prayer in my heart and started to confess my sins. I realised that I was unable to look into his eyes and speak. I was confessing with my eyes completely shut and was not able to face him. Suddenly God spoke very clear in my heart “Piyush do you believe/trust in my forgiveness and love”. I was shocked and I cried to the Lord (in my heart) for the grace.
A miracle happened during the confession, I felt the love of God filling my heart, in great measure and I could speak my confession looking at the priest face ( as if we were chatting like friends) and trusting God to forgive me through his appointed minister.
The whole exchange happened so beautifully as if it was like God the Father listening to my mistakes in love and telling me through this priest that : “no worries my son, leave your past which I have taken and forgotten.You just keep trying to do good and strive for more discipline”. I had never had such great joy during my confession since long.
I realised how my past confessions were not in complete trust on God’s love and forgiveness. I further realised how each time Father God would have patiently heard my confession in love to just say one thing in the end ” I don’t condemn you, go sin no more”. I would have hardly believed it ( completely in faith)though; as I allowed the “Guilt” to rule my life.
I still cant fathom this love which compels God; who hate sin, to love sinners so compassionately. My heart was resounding with the statement of Jesus where he said; ” I have come not to judge, but to save”.
I am blessed amazingly by this truth being revealed in my heart and a deep conviction about God’s love which has left no space for “Guilt” in my life.
I pray that all of you who read this may be blessed abundantly to experience and understand Father God’s love for each one of us. Believe in his forgiving love and approach him to experience the same.
John 3:16- 17 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”
What an awesome and loving God we have….