It's a great day when Jesus forgives you.
John 1:29, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
There was a girl named Mary who came from a home that had never heard about
Jesus. She was sulky, naughty, disobedient and cheeky and had been
expelled from her old school for stealing. She got worse in her new
school and was disobedient and cheeky every day. She sat in the
back row with her feet on the desk and threw things at anyone who seemed
to be clever.
When her school teacher spoke to her about her bad behaviour, she just
laughed and swore at her. She really wasn't a nice person.
Nobody liked her and she didn't even have one single friend!
Listen Real Good!
One day a kind and loving person invited her to Sunday School for the first
time. Mary at first swore at her and said, "Never!" But Jesus
was working in her heart and after being asked many times, she decided
to go. But, she planned to cause as much trouble as she could!
And so Mary was very rude and noisy in class, but the teacher decided she
needed Jesus in her heart. "Sit down here," she ordered, "And
listen real good to what I have to say. You need Jesus in your heart
and I'm going to help you get Him in there!"
The teacher meant well and told Mary all the scriptures about Jesus.
But Mary found it all too much to take in and understand. Finally
the teacher said, "Let's ask Jesus to come into your heart." And so
the teacher prayed and Mary repeated it after her. But Mary didn't
mean it at all, not one word!
A Changed Heart:
Was Mary really sorry for all the sins and wrong things that she had done?
No, she wasn't and she certainly hadn't meant the prayer she had
said. But, fortunately Mary now had some good friends from Sunday
School and they continued to pray for her every day.
One day she woke up feeling terribly bad inside. She went to Sunday
School and at the end of the lesson she got down on her knees and prayed,
"Jesus, please clean all the sin out of my life." And this time she
really meant it! And Jesus did! He started to change Mary
into His own gentle ways.
What a surprise her parents got when Mary came home that day a changed kid.
She no longer used swear words. She started to listen to her
parents and obey them. She stopped bulling and hurting her younger
brother. This was a new girl!
Are You Sick?
On Monday her school teacher found a new Mary in her class who listened and
did her work neatly. Where was that sulky, naughty, cheeky and
disobedient girl from last week? She kept an eye on Mary and finally
realised that she seemed different. She decided Mary must be sick and
asked her to stay behind after class. "Are you feeling sick, Mary?"
"No Miss," replied Mary. "But, you are so different! I can hardly
believe it. Not once were you cheeky and disobedient!" exclaimed her
teacher, "It's almost as if you are another child."
A Great Day!
Mary smiled at her teacher, "Oh, but I am!" She then told her teacher
how she had asked Jesus into her heart and that He had made her into a
brand new person. The teacher could not get over the change in Mary
and often spoke to her about Jesus. The day came when her teacher
asked Jesus to come into her heart. That was a great day for Mary!
Are you perhaps like Mary? Are all wrong things still in your life
and making you very unhappy? Why not ask Jesus to forgive you and
cleanse you from all the sins that you have done? And then ask Him
to come and live in your heart. And like Mary, you will find it's
a great day when Jesus forgives you, and lives in your heart as your
Saviour and Best Friend!