FORGIVENESS I

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“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

What if I told you that God has forgiven all of your sins? This may sound too good to be true but it is actually true. God does not count your sins against you. He has forgiven it all.

“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
Psalms 32:2 NKJV

You are this man, dear friend. You are blessed! Like I said on Sunday, God has selective amnesia. He remembers all things but the only thing He decided not to remember is your sins. Through the blood that Christ shed on the cross, God has made forgiveness available unto you (Ephesians 1:7).

His forgiveness is so lavish that He forgave our past, present and future sins. Jesus told a parable in the Bible that perfectly describes this lavishness.

A certain servant owed his master ten thousand talents, which is equivalent to sixteen million dollars in today’s currency but was unable to pay back. The master was moved with compassion because of the servant’s plea and he forgave him without collecting a dime back from him (Matthew 18:23-27).

Wow. That seems unbelievable, right? Now, think of this in light of how God forgave your sins. Such lavishness! God does not deal with us according to our sins, rather He looks at us on the basis of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Now, we have the righteousness of Christ.

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Psalms 103:10‭-‬12 NKJV

You need to have faith in the redemptive work of Jesus. The things you have done may still be on your mind, but not on God’s mind. People may still see you as that person who did that wrong thing but in Christ, you are new (2 Corinthians 5:17). God definitely doesn’t remember that you did it. In fact, He is not aware. Stop the self-condemnation because God doesn’t condemn you (Romans 8:1).

This is something that David understood. He knew that God would always take him back no matter what he did, and that’s true for you too. God loves you and not even your sins can change that (Romans 8:31-35). This is not a charge to go on and sin but to know that if you make a mistake, God still loves you (Romans 6:1, 1 John 2:1).

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the second part of that parable and how the forgiveness we have received should influence our relationship with others.

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 2:18-28, 1 Cor 6:1-11, Psalms 78:1-39, Joshua 15-17.

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