"God Has Forgiven You"

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By Samantha Roberts

Ephesians 1:7-8, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” (NIV)


Have you ever done something that you just couldn’t forget about or forgive yourself for? You think about it over and over, wondering why you ever did something so stupid. Maybe it was something little like accidentally hurting someone’s feelings. On the other hand, maybe it was something so big that you’re sure no one else would ever be able to forgive you either if they ever found out – especially God. After all, there’s got to be a point at which God says, “That’s it! Now you’ve crossed the line. You are no longer any child of mine,” right? No way – not with our God.

Yes, the Bible says that there is a sin that “leads to death.” But short of completely rejecting Jesus and committing your life to Satan (and then dying before you have the chance to repent), there is not a single thing you can do on this earth that will make God love you any less or cause Him to break His relationship with you. You belong to Him, and He isn’t going to give you up because of anything you’ve done – even if it’s “really, really bad.”

Think about it this way: God loved you so much that He sent His Son to this earth to die in your place so that He could have a relationship with you (see John 3:16). Do you think He would go through all of that – turning His back on His own Son and letting Him be executed on a cross – and then break up with you because of something you did? Absolutely not! When Jesus died, everything you could ever think of doing was removed from you. Believe it or not, sister, when God looks at you He sees you as His blameless and pure daughter, completely without sin, completely forgiven of everything.

That sounds so impossible that it’s hard to believe sometimes. We live our lives, we know exactly the things we’ve done wrong, and some of those things we can’t even forgive ourselves for. How in the world could God ever forgive us and forget our sins like they never even happened? That’s the miracle and mystery of His grace. Wow, what a gift, don’t you think?

Sweet sister in Christ, no matter what you’ve done – no matter how big that thing is that you keep beating yourself up over – God can and will forgive you. All He asks is that you confess your sin and repent (which basically means saying you’re sorry and then turning away from it). Whatever is in your past, whatever you’re struggling with right now, you can turn to Him and know that He will accept you and love you just as much as if you had never done anything wrong in the first place. There is nothing you can do that is too big for God to forgive you. He loves you, and He wants you to have the peace and assurance of knowing that you are whole and wholly forgiven in Him.

Prayer:

Dear God, I turn over to You the sins of my past and those which I’m struggling with right now: ___________________. Please forgive me for these things. Help me turn away from them and turn toward You. Help me to know You forgive me and to feel your love. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins so I can be forgiven and have a relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?

Want More Love?, by Kathy Wierenga Buchanan

Think About It:

What do you believe about God’s forgiveness? Is this what the Bible says?

Have you forgiven yourself for your sins?

Live It:

If you struggle to forgive yourself, journal about what you think is keeping you from doing so.

Ask God to help you understand how He’s forgiven you. After all, it is very difficult for us to forgive ourselves or others when we don’t understand God’s forgiveness of us.

Power Verses:

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)

Nehemiah 9:17b, “But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…” (NIV)


© 2009 by Samantha Roberts. All rights reserved.






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