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Understanding God's Forgiveness - Part 1

Understanding God's Forgiveness - Part I

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Romans 7:24 (NKJV)

Forgive is an easy word for us to use when we are on the receiving end from someone that we have wronged, but it can be tough when we have to forgive others.  1 John tells us if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of them. But it goes farther than this as we read the later part of the verse, it also tells us God will "purify" us from all unrighteousness.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

In the verse above, this particular verb used for "forgive" is referring to the "cancellation of debts," and even the "dismissal of charges."  This simply means if we are faithful to confess the wrongs we have done, God is faithful to dismiss the sin, and cancel the payment of death associated with the sin.

I believe many of us hear this and we like the way it sounds, but we don't really embrace the truth of it.  I also believe there are many of us who can't move past the sinful actions we have committed in our life, and as a result, we will not forgive ourselves for what we have done.  We see the destruction the sin caused, the hurt lives, the loss of family, friendships, jobs, and integrity.  This enormous hole we have dug is seemingly too deep to get out of, or we just can't bear guilt associated with our actions.  And now we live with the effects of our transgressions and it greatly affects our attitude towards others and our relationship towards God.

Satan and his emissaries do a good job keeping us down as well, because they are faithful to continue to place thoughts within our mind; telling us that we are no different because of our acceptance of Jesus as Savior, or that we will never be able to do enough good to make up for that sin that we did.  Both of these are straight-up lies, and should be easily detected as such by simply reading God's Word and believing in it.  Additionally, we need to embrace the truth of our failures according to God's Word, rather than relying on our emotional ability to file away and/or deal with the sin according to how we feel at the moment.  We should also remember this indispensable truth; God's wrath was satisfied on the cross, and therefore, it no longer rests on those who have been redeemed.

In Part II of this devotion, we will look at a couple of things God does for us, and with our sin.  I believe these things will free us up and allow us to completely understand our position as His Children.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 1:9 what is God faithful to do if we confess our sins?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself experiencing anxiety, depression or frustration in your walk as a Christian because you continue to live in bondage to a past sin you have committed?

APPLICATION:  Let it go!   Jesus' payment was enough to cover it.  You are only serving the devil's desire by allowing this sin to continue to guide your actions, or lack of action.

Father, thank You for Your total forgiveness of every sin and transgression I have committed.  I realize your forgiveness is based in righteousness because of Jesus' payment upon the cross. I accept His payment and choose to walk with You from this day forward.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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