Guilt Brings Conversion

Karen Epp

As children when we did something wrong our consciences would bother us and we would go to Mom and confess our “sin.” Or Mom would confront us about something she had heard we had done and then say “Don’t lie to me because it will be worse if I find out you lied.” Moms knew.

Peter is the example of Mom in Acts 2. He tells them what they did, “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

When they heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the Apostles, “What are we to do?” Peter said, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We need his forgiveness. Thank the Lord for Easter Sunday. The tomb is empty. He is not there. He is risen, living to offer us forgiveness of our sins. We do not have to live with a guilty conscience. We have been given a pardon.

As Peter preached that day, 3,000 souls found God’s forgiveness. Today, there are millions who have found that same forgiveness given over 2,000 years ago. We used to sing a gospel hymn that said, “… though millions have come, there’s still room for one. There is room at the cross for you.”

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