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Do you live your life as one who is forgiven? If there was ever a time to think about this question, it’s this week – Holy Week. As believers, we are assured that if we confess our sins, He is faithful, just, will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). This is what the crucifixion of Christ made possible for us.

However, we often live in the shadow of our sins. We live in regret. We live in fear that someone will find out the truth about us. We live in denial of the sinful patterns in our lives that separate us from God. We live carrying a weight, distracted and disconnected from our true selves and from God.

While God promises to forgive us, we often find it difficult to embrace His mercy and grace. We also often find it hard to forgive ourselves. When we live as unforgiven people, the light of Christ does not shine through us as much as God intends. When we do accept God’s grace and forgive ourselves, our lives change dramatically. We are freed from the weight of guilt and sin. We are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. We can live the abundant life Christ promised us (John 10:10).

The abundant life is not a life free from trouble and pain. Jesus warned us that in this life we would have many challenges (John 16:33), but He also promised us peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) if we place our trust in Him. When we humbly bow before God and allow Him to purify us of all unrighteousness, we place our trust in Him that He will guide us into new life. In this trust, we find the ability to experience peace, joy, hope, and freedom regardless of our circumstances. This is the abundant life! This is the life that others can see in us and want to follow. This is salvation.

As you walk with Christ to the cross this week and as you celebrate his resurrection on Sunday, focus on the forgiving grace of God that Christ’s death provided to us at such great cost.  He wants us to live forgiven! He wants us to have the abundant life!