“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9, NIV

Do not bother getting the ball. Do not even bother looking for it,” my three new golf buddies said as my golf ball hit a nearby house. They said I could take what is called a “Mulligan.” “We do not count the first shot,” they said. “It will never make it in the scorebook.” The truth is we need “Mulligans.” But in life, the rules count. If God is any kind of a god, if this world is going to make any sense at all, there has to be justice attached to it. God cannot and will not say, “Adolph Hitler, you are responsible for the death of six million Jewish people and an entire world war but we will just take a Mulligan. We will not count the holocaust.” You and I know better.

      The Bible says that one day justice will “roll like a river.” (Amos 5:24, NIV) The Bible says one day human beings will have to give an account for the sin and wrongdoing in their lives before a holy and perfectly fair God. The Bible says we will all have to sign the score card one day.

      On our own, none of us will make the cut. So, God sent His son, Jesus, to show us how to live and to take on the debt that should have gone to you and to me. He paid our penalty on the cross. The cross is the place where human beings can be freed from every sin, every wrong doing, and every wrong decision. The cross is the place where all those bad things become irrelevant to our final score, where we are given a clean slate and start over again. Anyone can become a follower of Jesus and learn how to live His kind of life. All can be forgiven and liberated from a life of regret and pain.

QUESTION: Are there moments in your past that still cause you regret and pain? If you have asked for God’s forgiveness, why is it hard to let them go?