Forgiven By The One Whose Opinion Matters

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If we claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we are forgiven by the one whose opinion matters. Although that is a true statement of fact, sometimes we allow people and things in our lives to make us wonder. Make us doubt. Make us question if we truly are forgiven for our sins. You know … the REALLY big ones we don’t want anyone to know about.

Sometimes we allow Satan to step into our minds and tell us we are guilty; we will never be forgiven. We listen to the accuser’s condemnation and feel unworthy and forget we are God’s Beloved purchased at a costly expense.

All of Satan’s lies and accusations are hogwash. Pure and simple. And we need to stop listening to him. We need to listen to the truth of who we are in Jesus. We are redeemed and forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters.

Jesus knows us inside and out. He knows each and every single time we sin. He knows when we truly repent. Jesus is the only one qualified to judge us, and he tells us we are no longer condemned because he took our guilt, our shame, our very sin upon his perfect sinless self.

God’s only son, Jesus, paid the debt we owed but could never repay with his precious blood on the cross of Calvary. Through Christ’s sacrifice we are forgiven. End of argument.

If we are forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters, the Supreme Judge, then we are forgiven, indeed.

Is there a special go-to Bible verse you use to counter Satan when he tries to speak words of condemnation into you?

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Jesus raised up again and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one judged you guilty?”

She answered, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “I also don’t judge you guilty. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.” John 8:10-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.


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Pray First

This past week I’ve been busy getting several writing projects finished, and sent to their respective audiences. I still have a long writing to do list sitting in front of me.

All this busyness does not, of course, even touch on the other things which need attention in my life. Pilot. Kirby. Bear. Me. Emails to answer. Books to read. Knitting projects. House and yard to contend with. Exercise.

Let’s see…what have I forgotten? Oh, yeah. God.


Not that I have forgotten God, actually, but I noticed the other morning, He did not come first, as is my norm. I know if I do not start my day off with time devoted to listening and talking to God, I get busy with one thing after another, and before long, it’s lunch time, and I’ve neglected my time alone with the Creator of the Universe. Not good.

In my mind’s eye, when I neglect to have my prayer time first thing, I see a look of disappointment on Jesus’ face. I also see Satan doing a happy dance.

Sure, I send up prayers throughout the day, but I need to sit before the throne of grace early in the morning. Every morning.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am still learning how to be still before God. I’m learning how to slow down my busyness, and just sit. Operative word — learning.

Prayer is a privilege we have been granted through the torn curtain, which was the body of Christ on the cross. Through prayer, we are allowed access to the King of Kings and LORD of lords. Oh. My. Goodness.

Think of how much we look forward to spending time with a loved one. Wouldn’t we set aside our busyness to spend quality time with them? Multiply that feeling, and realize how much greater it is to spend time with our Savior.

Lord, every morning you hear my voice.
    Every morning, I tell you what I need,
    and I wait for your answer.  Psalm 5:3

Do you need to slow down your busyness to spend time with God?

I wish you well.



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Hold On To The Promises

As I have mentioned before, this past year and a half has not been the most pleasant of times for Pilot. He and I have felt trapped in a dank, dark tunnel.

Thankfully, through it all, God provided what I call “grace-drops”, and treasures in the dark to keep us hopeful and trusting in his sovereign power.

To celebrate us punching through, and reaching the end of the tunnel we traversed, (cue the Hallelujah Chorus) I would like to share this video with you.

Are you working your way through a dark, seemingly endless tunnel? Hold on to the promises that God will never leave, or forsake you, my friend. Don’t lose hope. Keep trusting the God who has a plan for you. A plan for you to prosper, not a plan to harm you.

I wish you well.


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