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God will forgive even a sinner like me

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By Jess Thompson

I am a sinner.
I often worry that my own sin is too great for me, and that God surely cannot forgive all of my wrongdoings.
Thankfully, I know that he can and will forgive you and me if we humble ourselves before him.
I enjoy reading the Old Testament books of Kings and Chronicles because I often can see glimpses of who God is.
These four books tell much of the rise and fall of kings of Israel and Judah. One such king was Manasseh, who learned a great lesson regarding God’s great power and his willingness to forgive.
2 Chronicles 33:9, “But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.”  
This chapter also points out that he built alters to false gods, consulted with mediums, defiled the Lord’s temple and finally even sacrificed his own children.
Wow, I guess I cannot fathom much worse of a man. Due to his evil, Manasseh was captured by his enemies and a hook placed in his nose.
Justice was served for the evil king’s wrongs, right?
2 Chronicles  33: 12-13, “12 in his distress sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors.” 13: “And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom.
“Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.”
This brings great hope to me when I think of how I have sinned against God personally. What an amazing creator and loving father to forgive even the worst of sinners like me and king Manasseh if we only humble ourselves before him.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.