Q: Years ago my cousin and I had a dispute over some property we inherited, and we never got over it. He died recently, and now I feel terrible because I never tried to patch up our relationship. I know I was partly to blame, but can God still forgive me? -- A.T.
A: The only sin God can't forgive is the sin of rejecting His offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. God's promise is for you: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
But in spite of all the sins we've committed, God still loves us, and on the cross Jesus Christ took upon Himself the judgment for sin that you and I deserve. Why not accept His gift of forgiveness by confessing your sins and committing your life to Christ today? Let the Psalmist's prayer become yours: "Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7).
Your dispute with your cousin was unfortunate -- and I hope others will learn from it. But it also points to another issue: the danger of greed. On one occasion, a man urged Jesus to demand his brother split an inheritance with him. In response, Jesus warned, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15).
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