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by Dudley Anderson  
2/26/2016 / Devotionals

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26 February 2016

Dear God-tracker


Acts 2:38
And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Pastor Frank's eyes were closed as he sang along to the worship song. The time was a little after 6.15 pm. Frank was content as he worshiped. Suddenly the rear doors of the church burst open! What happened next would change and Frank's understanding of forgiveness forever. Repetitive cracking noises; several intermittent thundering bangs then stunned silence. Some people groaned then one woman screamed, then another. More cracks and soon pandemonium erupted as people rushed for the doors. More cracking noises and blood. Frank froze in terror. He realised his church was under attack. Four terrorists had burst in on their Sunday evening worship service wielding R4 automatic assault rifles and hand grenades.

The St James Church massacre on 25th July 1993 in Cape Town, South Africa took 11 lives and wounded 58 more. Like all terrorism, this was an atrocious act of cowardice. However, what the devil planned for evil, God turned for good. Immediately after the attack, Frank Retief was heard saying on camera that he forgave the attackers. Many years later, after the end of Apartheid in South Africa, these perpetrators appealed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for amnesty. As was the crux of the Commission, Frank Retief was called upon to offer pardon to his attackers, which he willingly did with clear conscience before his God. Later Frank was quoted as saying, "Forgiveness can be offered immediately after an offence but forgiveness is never received until it is actually asked for by the offender."

While hanging in shear agony on a cruel wooden cross, Jesus Christ cried out, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Almost 2,000 years ago Jesus spoke those words not only to the people who had crucified him but to the entire world. If, indeed, God loved the whole world so much that he sent his Son to save those who would believe in him then what Jesus did and said on the cross was universally applied. Jesus died for your sins so that you could be included in those words, "Father, forgive them."

Frank Retief discovered he was able to honestly offer forgiveness to his attackers immediately after their attack, but that forgiveness was not theirs until repentance was sought by his attackers. Just so, God has already forgiven all your acts of sin, long before you ever repented. However, that forgiveness was never yours until you actually asked for it. Just as Frank was able to offer instant forgiveness only by God's grace, your forgiveness became available the instant Jesus died for your sins, only by God's grace. There is nothing you can do to make right with God for the wrong you've done, except to repent and accept his forgiveness. It does not matter how dreadful your sins may have been, Jesus has already paid the price for that sin on the cross almost 2,000 years ago. Don't delay one minute longer. Reach out and accept his forgives, now. Listen: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Only by his grace is God offering you this free gift of life, made possible by Jesus' atonement for your sins the day he died. So why not repent now and receive the forgiveness he offers, today?

God-tracking is accepting your 2,000 year old forgiveness, today

God bless you


Read all about it!
Luke 23:32-43
John 3:16-18
1 John 1:8-10

Don't Give Up, Look Up!

Thank you for forgiving me 2,000 years ago. Today I accept your forgiveness, by your grace.

"Dear Heavenly God, thank you so much that you sent Jesus to take the weight of my sin upon himself. Thank you that Jesus died for my all sin and rose again to set me free from sin, Satan and death. Thank you that when Jesus cried out 'Father forgive them,' he was asking you to forgive the sins of the whole world, including mine. Dear God, I admit to my wrong; I repent of my sins, in Jesus' name. I am sorry for all that I have thought or done that has grieved you in in way. I confess and repent of the sin into which I have been born and seek your forgiveness. I surrender my life to you and ask you to come dwell inside of me, by your Spirit. Thank you for forgiving me 2,000 years ago. Today I accept your forgiveness, by your grace. Help me to keep my eyes on you and walk in righteousness. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen."

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.

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