Moving Past Our Guilt

I have a friend who was convicted of a felony about 12 years ago. He blew it big time and he paid for it big time. My friend acknowledged his guilt – he never made any excuses or tried blaming anyone else – he took full ownership of his sin. He completed the sentence handed down by our judicial system. He was truly remorseful and ever since his life is changed. He is growing in his relationship with God, active in church and a very devoted husband and father. He is a good guy – an honest guy – I trust him in every way.

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Yet his criminal record still haunts him. He is struggling to find a job because his past keeps rearing its ugly head with every background check done by a prospective employer. Though he is fully qualified and would be a hard working employee – doors keep getting slammed in his face.

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It is very sad and discouraging for him.

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He has recently been granted a clemency hearing with the Illinois Review Board in hopes of clearing his record – truly giving him a fresh start. I pray he finds mercy there.

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As I’ve been thinking about him, I’ve been thinking about how grateful I am for the mercy of Christ in my life. I am guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt! I have sinned against him in thought, word and deed; by wicked things I have done and left undone.

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Yet I enjoy this truth: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… Romans 8:1.

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I also know this to be true: …as far as the east is from the west,
? so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12.

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And thank I God for this little truth nugget: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! II Corinthians 5:17.

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Advent brings us the hope of an Advocate, a Defender, a Savior who declares us innocent – with no record of wrong in our past to haunt our present or future. His coming gave each one of us clemency!

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Our Advent readings for this week include:
?•?Zephaniah 3:14-20
?•?Isaiah 12:2-6
?•?Philippians 4:4-7
?•?Luke 3:7-18

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I pray you have a great week enjoying the clean record and fresh start you have in Christ Jesus!

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Peace,
?Dave

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