“Love means never having to say you are sorry.”

This is such a cliché, isn’t it? Used, misused and abused, this phrase has gone around the block, and then some; and justified just about every possible excuse known to man. Yet, the way Jesus loves you and the intensity of His love for you made this eternally true for you and me. With Jesus, we really never have to say we are sorry.

You see beloved, when Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins, there was an exchange. He exchanged His perfect existence for our rubbish excuse of a life. He exchanged His perfect, unadulterated relationship with God, for our non-existent relationship with God. Quite literally,

“…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

For on the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

So what do we have to be sorry for? I hazard to guess that if ever we meet Jesus face to face, and we apologize to Him, He will give us a quizzical look and ask ‘whatever for’. You see beloved, when we believe that Jesus died for our sins, when we believe that because of what He did on the cross, He took our sins, and they are therefore no longer ours; we are saying ‘thank you’ to Jesus for His gift of righteousness.

Look at it this way. Say you ran a red light and got a fine. Your brother comes and says that he will pay it off for you. Do you say ‘sorry’ or do you say ‘thank you’? Because that is exactly what Jesus did. We wronged God, so many times, in fact, that we lost count. Then here comes Jesus and He says that because He loves us so much, and cannot bear to see us pay the price for our sins, that He cannot bear to see our Father punish us, so He goes and takes our punishment for us, now do we say ‘sorry’ or do we say ‘thank you’?

So does that mean that when we repent of our sins, we are not really saying sorry to God? What we are really saying is thank you to Jesus? Yes. That is exactly right.

Think about it. Do you know what ‘sorry’ means? To many, ‘sorry’ means ‘I’ll never do it again’. But we know that that is not true, for if not for the grace of God which works in us to will and to do that which is pleasing to Him (Philippians 2:13), we will be just like this.

“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” Romans 7:17-24 [MSG]

So please don’t tell me that ‘sorry’ means ‘I’ll never do it again.’

Instead, face up to the reality of what Jesus’ love and sacrifice means to you. Face up to the fact that during the last supper,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

When you take communion, please remind yourself that that act that you are doing, that ritual that you are performing, is to remind you of that which you have received, not ‘earned’, not ‘merited’, not ‘gained’, but received, full and complete remission of all your sins. And because of that, there is nothing to apologize for.

Now, should we feel sorry for the wrong that we have done? Sure. Should we never want to do it again? I certainly hope so. Can we say ‘sorry’ to Jesus? If it makes you feel better, sure. But do we have to? In the way that it is a requisite action to gain His forgiveness? Not at all.

Beloved, your sins have been forgiven, your slate has been wiped clean. There is nothing to feel sorry for. Jesus has done it all. And that is that.

And friend, if you are tired of fighting the bad things in your life that you keep doing, if you are tired of trying to stop being the bad person that you think you are. If you want Jesus to come into your life and give you that right standing with God, you can. For Jesus said,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And if you will let Him in, then

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

So then to you who will overcome because of Him who is in you, Jesus says to you,

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21

Jesus wants you to reign in life with Him.

So if that is you, then say this to Jesus right now.

“Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You for reaching out to me. Thank You that while I was yet a wretched sinner, You went to the cross for me and exchanged my sinful life for yours. Thank You that by Your shed blood, I receive full remission of all my sins. By Your death, I am dead to sin and it no longer has any hold of me. By Your rising, I rise to a new life in which I am right with God our Father. Jesus I receive the gift of salvation that You died to give me. I know that I have nothing to be sorry for anymore. Amen.”

Beloved, remember,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

Jesus’ love for you really means that you never have to say you are sorry. Stand firm in your righteous place in Him and let Him open the doors of Heaven to you.

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