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A Straight Line to the Cross: Forgiveness

 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)

Coming to the foot of the cross ought not to be some kind of arduous or circuitous route in which we have to navigate a painful labyrinth of shameful memories evaluating each one, making sure that the most significant ones are brought on the journey. No. The trip to the cross is marked by the simplest of directional and navigational cues, i.e., a straight line. 

The moment we sense the pain of sin is the moment we must seek the cross. For the Cross is the iconic symbol, not of defeat, but of ultimate triumph. It was there on the once cross-beams-of-shame that a lavish display of grace and love was revealed. It was on this same Cross that the sacrifice accomplished there, by God Himself, covers all my sins. 

So, it is to the Cross that I must run when my feet stumble, my emotions betray me, or my heart desires the world. The cross, however, is not to be found in some type of three-dimensional quest that I must bodily endure, or some academic research within the Scriptures that I must scour through. The cross is to be found instantaneously and immediately within any seeking soul. It is a straight line of repentance marked by three words, "I am sorry."

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that missionaries and Christians around the world would have a heart of forgiveness and repentance. You are such an amazing Father that is always ready to forgive us of our sins, let our hearts always be quick to act in repentance as well. I pray that The Holy Spirit give missionaries the words, actions, and grace to lead the nations to the cross.   

Dr. Mitch, his wife, Michelle and their 4 beautiful children make up the Arbelaez family. Dr. Arbelaez works as the director of the Global Pathway missionary mobilization program for Latin America. Along with Michelle, they work to assist pastors and church leaders to become more mission minded and to raise up missionaries to go to the least-reached areas of our world. Dr. Arbelaez is part of the GTN's world headquarter team helping to train and lead the entire organization in all that God has for them.