One faith sharing memory from about 2 years ago stands out among many others. It was another night with our street witnessing team from church and we were at a local outdoor mall. My wife and I approached a group of 4 teenagers and engaged with them about their faith. They were cordial and we had a short, pleasant conversation. We encouraged the non-believers in the group to consider Christ and the believers to look for ways to deepen their existing faith. Then, off they went.
I didn’t think too much of the encounter initially. It was positive but nothing extravagant or unbelievable. Then, suddenly, one of the girls turned back to us and told her group that she would catch up with them. She had a concerned look in her eye and had a question for us that took me by surprise.
She said she had done something really bad and was unsure if God would forgive her for it. She started getting tears in her eyes as we inquired about what she had done. She went on to say that she had cheated on a past boyfriend. With the tears still welled up in her eyes, she asked “Could God ever forgive me for that?”
I was so glad to explain to her that the Bible states that God forgives all our sin simply if we ask Him for forgiveness. If weconfess (which she was doing), I told her that God promises to forgive us. In fact, I went on to tell her, that “as far as the east is from the west, that’s how far He removes our sin from us. From New York to LA. He takes your sin away.”
As she prepared to leave and rejoin her friends. She was filled with joy as she smiled and gave us both hugs. “Thank you so much,” she said.
Forgiveness. That is the Gospel. That is the good news. David said in the Psalm 32, “Blessed is the one whose sins are forgiven. Blessed is the one whose sins the Lord does not count against him.”
I never want to forget that the Gospel is good news. Yes, an individual must understand that they are sinful and that their sin will lead to death and ultimately hell. But Jesus came with Good News. In Luke 4:43, Jesus states, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God…that is why I was sent.”
And that is why we have been sent, too. To preach the good news. While we witness, let’s not forget to include God’s forgiveness in our story. Admit that you are a sinner who needed a Savior. A Forgiver. And then ask if the listener has been forgiven. And watch what God does. Remember, the Gospel is the power of God that brings salvation!