The Blessing of Forgiveness

Psalm 32:1 opens: “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!”

The world has an entirely different idea of what it means to be blessed.  They would put it (whether stated or not) “How blessed is the RICH person” or the “famous” person, or the “attractive” person, or the person who has achieved the worldly definition of “success.”  And unfortunately, too many of God’s people have bought into those same conceptions of the blessed life.  We feel good when we have these “blessings”, or envy those who do.

But the Bible tells us here that the TRULY blessed person is the one who knows their transgressions are forgiven and their sins are covered.  THAT is the person who should rejoice!  Perhaps you have been discouraged because of a financial shortfall, or a disappointment in your business or family life.  But think about it for a moment: do you know that your sins are forgiven?  If you do, then you have every reason to rejoice.  You are BLESSED!  You have what millions are seeking.   Everything else you lack in this world is temporary.  You will have your ups and downs with those things.  But if you know Jesus as your Savior, and your sins are forgiven, you have the most important blessing, and an unchanging one at that!

Charles Spurgeon put it like this:

Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is forgiven, can it matter what happens to you now?

Do you know today that your sins are forgiven?  Then you have every reason to rejoice!  You are “blessed”!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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