From Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham
Forgiveness and Fellowship
“I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” –Jeremiah 31:34
There is no possibility of true happiness until we have established friendship and fellowship with God. And there is no possibility of establishing this fellowship apart from the cross of His Son, Jesus Christ.
God says, “I will forgive you, but I will forgive only at the foot of the cross.” He says, “I will fellowship with you, but I will fellowship with you only at the cross.” Why is this? Because only through Christ’s death on the cross can we be forgiven and reconciled to God. This is why we must come to the cross, repenting of our sins and trusting Christ alone to save us. Human pride gets in the way: we don’t want to admit that we are sinners or that we are too weak to save ourselves. Only when we leave our pride at the cross can our hearts be open to God’s redeeming grace.
When we come to Christ, God imparts His righteousness to us. It is as if an accounting entry had been made in the books of Heaven, declaring us righteous for Christ’s sake. The Divine Bookkeeper cancels our debt!