Do you feel like God could not possibly forgive you for what you’ve done? We all know that Jesus was sacrificed for our sins, but what does that mean when you apply it to your life? Well, let me tell you, Christ’s ability to forgive is beyond understanding. You can be assured you can leave the past behind you when it comes to Christ’s forgiveness.
Last week, we talked about forgiving others. It is vital to remaining in God’s grace for receiving the blessing of forgiveness. The Bible tells us:
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6: 14. NIV.
This is the first thing you must know to receive forgiveness. At this point, your sins are not the issue. What is at stake is your ability to be forgiven. This means you are kind and compassionate to others, knowing they are human too. You can ask God to help you forgive your worst enemy. God wants you to. He loves a repentant and obedient child. If it helps, think of God as the embodiment of Love. Then in any given situation ask, “What would love do?” This will help you identify the way you should behave.
Leave Your Past Behind
When it comes to your sins, believe me, God has heard what you’re worried about before. There are many examples in the Bible of people sinning and being forgiven. However, they still received the consequences of what they did. God is openly waiting for you to confess to Him.
So, watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17: 3-4. NIV.
This means that you are forgiven for as many times as you sin as long as you’re in the state of repentance. Repentance is the feeling of having done wrong and being truly sorry for it. You then try to amend your behavior and lifestyle not to commit those sins again. However, if you do, you can always try again. It’s like respawning in a video game, only unlimited. God loves you so much that He is the best Father. He has a gentle nudging for repentance rather than horrible guilt trips. Remember this. If your mind is full of heavy guilt and shame that won’t go away, that does not come from above. Go to God in prayer to heal your guilt and shame.
Our God is a good God. He doesn’t want you carrying around your sins like baggage. That prevents the intimate relationship He wants with you. When we ask for forgiveness we are given a new clean slate; robes washed white. So, leave your past behind, and be assured that forgiveness is yours.