The Joy Of Forgiveness
 By Scarlett Stough 
The theme for November, 2004, Women in Christ is the Lordís discipline. The Apostle Peter tells us that ďHe [God] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.Ē 
(II Peter 3:9 NIV) Punishment or discipline is always about bringing us back to God and teaching us how to make right choices in life. The consequences of our rebellion against God are far worse than any discipline or punishment God chooses to use. 

Repentance is translated from a word that means to turn back. It isnít just a state of being sorry for some action, word, or attitude. Repentance means coming back to our Father in heaven for his guidance and provision. 

David, King of Israel, soldier, poet, musician, and prophet, out of the abundance of his heart, expressed how the results of Godís discipline affected him. 

The following is Psalm 32 as translated in the Holman Christian Standard Bible : Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible Copyright 1999, 2000,2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.
Psalm 32
The Joy of Forgiveness

Davidic. A Maskil.

How happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
How happy is the man the LORD does not charge with sin, and in whose spirit is no deceit!
When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summerís heat. Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said, ďI will confess my transgressions to the LORD,Ē and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah

Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found.
When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place;
You protect me from trouble.
You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. 
Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle, or else it will not come near you.

Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the LORD will have faithful love surrounding him.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.