The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.We have left God's path to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:6 NLT


The bible talks about different types of sin. Here are some of them:

Besetting sin (Heb 12:1) - meaning maybe a habitual sin, or sin that easily trips us up. Many of us are, or have been, troubled by sins like this – sin that we fall into again or again and find it really hard to get victory over.

Sin that overtakes us (Gal 6:1) When I think of sin that overtakes us I always think of Peter denying Christ before a servant maid; the spiritual atmosphere was probably so dark on that night that he was crushed into behaving in a way he wouldn't have done in the clear light of day.

Deliberate sin (Heb 10:26) When you purposely and intentionally do something you know is wrong.

The wonderful message of the gospel is that the Lord (God, the Father) has laid on him (Jesus) the sins of us all. Let's be clear about this: we're talking, not just about 'us all', but about all of our sin, have you got that? All of our sin. Let me say that again - ALL OF OUR SIN is laid on Jesus on the Cross! There's not one sin so bad that it can't be forgiven – even the worst deliberate sin.

It doesn't matter if it's a besetting sin, sin that has overtaken us or even a deliberate sin (I think that's the hardest type of sin for someone to accept they've been forgiven of). If we are truly repentant of our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive (1 John 1:9). Such is the redemption that God has provided for us in Christ! It's wonderful and miraculous. It is the Amazing Grace that John Newton, the slave trader, wrote his wonderful hymn about in 1779. It is nothing other than the phenomenal love that God has for each one of us – it's a way for every person – no matter what they've done, no matter how far they've fallen – to receive forgiveness for all of their sins and to start a new life in God as a Christian: what the New Testament calls being born again – a new birth, a new start in life. Who doesn't need that?

It's an invitation Jesus gives us to come to Him. An invitation that needs a response – will you come to Him today? Will you say yes to Him? Don't delay.