THE NEIGHBORHOOD 19

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This time around, Abigail left, scared of what could befall her should she stay a little longer.


Cyrus, on the other hand, was growing interest in the things he had heard during the bible study. After the bible study, he had gone through the bible verses at home and penned down all his questions for the following meeting. But one thing still bothered him. So he decided to ask George personally after their second bible study.

Cyrus: Bro. George, I sedated a lady and slept with her. I didn’t mean to do it but it happened and I’ve been feeling bad about it. Can God forgive me for that?

George: Hmm! You remember I said that Jesus paid for all your sins so that you don’t have to pay for them. Now imagine you bought food from Aunty Loretta and I paid for it for you, do you have to pay again?

Cyrus: No!

George: Why?

Cyrus: It’s because you have already paid for it.

George: Exactly, so your sins have been paid for by Jesus Christ, so you don’t have to pay again. In Christ, your sins are completely wiped away and you stand before God blameless. So yes, God can and has already forgiven you. Read Colossians 1:14

Cyrus (Opened his bible):
Colossians 1:14…in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

George: Did you see that? In Christ you have the forgiveness of sins.

Cyrus: Does that mean what I did wasn’t that bad?

George: Cyrus, it was very bad and that’s why you are feeling guilty. God doesn’t support sin. No! Such a thing that destroys is not to be supported. That is why he paid for your sins and wiped it away. That’s why he set you free from it. It doesn’t mean he supports sin. It just means that he loves you so much that he doesn’t want you under the dominion of sin. That is why he provided forgiveness for you.

Cyrus: Oh okay. I see (pauses for while). Since I’m already forgiven, does that mean I can do whatever I want and get away with it?

George: Cyrus, Cyrus, the truth is that you are forgiven of all your sins. God doesn’t hold them against you. However, remember that sin is still deadly. It has consequences. Why would you want to yield to something as dangerous as sin just because God has forgiven you? You see, God forgave you to set you free from sin. He set you free from sin and gave you his righteous nature.

George: Now the bible says that we should consider ourselves free from sin and joined to Christ. Through that way, we won’t yield to sin; we will yield to righteousness. So if you sin, God has already forgiven you but you don’t have to sin. Why? It’s because you are the righteousness of God.

Cyrus: I see. So what do I do when I sin?

George: Acknowledge that what you have done is wrong. Don’t excuse it, but don’t end there, acknowledge too that you are forgiven and thank God for it. Then declare the truth that you are the righteousness of God. Even as you engage in that bad habit, keep declaring that you are the righteousness of God. That’s because that’s who you really are. Soon, the bad habit will fall away. Read 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Cyrus: 2 Cor 5:2 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

George: Anytime at any moment, you are the righteousness of God. Consider yourself as such because that is the truth of what Christ has done for you. Soon, you will see the fruit of it.

Cyrus: Wow! Thank you so much, Bro. George.

George: You’re always welcome Cyrus.


It was a Sunday morning and Ken had come to the game center to chat and play games with the other guys as usual. As soon as he entered the game center, Kingsley rushed to him and held him by the collar of his shirt.

“How dare you, how dare you sleep with my girl, how dare you?” Kingsley screamed and pushed him down.

“Listen to me very well, if you don’t stop sleeping with her, I will end your life,” Kingsley threatened and stormed out of the game center.

Ken was still on the floor, shocked at what had happened. Marvin too stood there with his mouth wide opened. He hoped that Kingsley didn’t find out that he had been an accomplice in Ken and Abigail’s affair….

To be continued…

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