There’s a chorus that well sums up the sentiments of this sermon message: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness, Oh Lord, Great is Thy faithfulness”. Although the chorus proclaims “Great is Thy faithfulness Oh Lord”, some if they were honest would have to change the words to “Small is Thy faithfulness”. You say how so? When you and I fall short in our personal lives in the area of sin, and miss the mark of the expected moral standard to which as Christians we are called to walk, how long does it take for us to recover and to come back into the love and friendship of Jesus Christ? Once godly sorrow has done its work to bring us to a place of true repentance, what then? Then we must look in unswerving faith and confidence to the crucified risen Saviour who stands with arms outstretched wide to receive us back into His presence!!
One can have a grasp theologically on the concept of forgiveness of sins, but without the personal ingredient of “faith”, the experience of forgiveness (a conscience which is at peace) will never be a reality but instead, hanging over your head will be a cloud of condemnation and doubt. Oh that we might rise up and draw near to our God in full assurance of faith and find for our souls a sweet relief!