To be Forgiven

There is always a need in every individual the moment we are born into this world. We need to be fed, to be clothed, to be taken care of, to be loved, and so on. And as time goes by, we will also be called upon to fulfill the needs of others – to feed them, to clothe them, to take care of them, to love them. Later, we also begin to realize that there are other deeper needs – the need to be understood, the need to be accepted, to be forgiven.

Our reading from Hebrews 10:11-18 has this line which says, “When all sins have been forgiven, there can be no more sin offerings”. Well, we also know that as much as we have been forgiven from all our sins, we still continue to sin and yet God still offers us His mercy. All these points to the fact that we all need God in our life – we need His love, we need His forgiveness and mercy, we need His blessings in order to keep the faith.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. Hebrews 10:11-18 New International Version (NIV)

But we also must remember that we need God not just for ourselves but for others. We need God so that we can bear a harvest of a thirty, or a sixty or a hundred fold. As Jesus explains to us the parable of the sower in Mark 4:1-20, all we must seek is to bear a harvest so that we can fulfill the need of others. Remember, it doesn’t matter the type of soil you are, you have the potential to bear fruits in life. May the Lord meet us where we are so as to bear good fruits.

Peace and Joy

Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey

Further Reading

Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4

Mark 4:1-20

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