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Understanding God's Forgiveness - Part 2

Understanding God's Forgiveness - Part II

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days," says the LORD: "I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Hebrews 10:16-17 (NKJV)

In Part I we learned as Christians, if we are faithful to confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive them. His forgiveness is not based on our ability to live a righteous life, or to keep every law given.  God's forgiveness of us and His declaration of our being righteous are strictly based on Jesus' payment upon the cross, along with our belief and confession in Him as our Lord and Savior.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)

In addition to paying for, and forgiving our sin, God purifies us from them.  He cleanses us from the pollution of our sin so that we may begin a new life; one filled with a new holy nature.  So whether you've been into pornography, adultery, gossiping, lying or cheating on your taxes, the Bible says once confession is made, your sin is blotted out, and God cannot remember it.  You sin is as far as the east is from the west.

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 103:11-12 (NKJV)

Let's think about this statement here in Psalm 103:11-12 very carefully for a moment.  It says, "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."   Well, we know the Milky Way galaxy is one hundred million light-years long and ten million light-years wide.  So we know God's love and mercy are far greater than we could even fathom.  

It also says that His love is for those who "fear Him," which means those who have a respect for God, and His Word.  We simply need to Hold God and His Word at the highest priority of our lives.  We do this by having a relationship with Him, by talking/praying to Him, and acknowledging Him in our daily activities and decisions; by studying His word and learning what He wants to teach usallowing Him to transform our lives into what He has planned.

There is one last thing we can see here in the Psalm, and it is very important.  If we have this relationship with God through Jesus as Lord, and Savior, then we can be assured each and every sin that we have ever committed is as far from God's presence as could ever be.  The distance in infinitythere is no limitHe has chosen not to remember them anymore (Heb. 8:12).  This means our sin has been completely and finally dealt with.

We must be careful not to believe the Devil or his emissaries when they put thoughts into our head - tempting us to believe our acceptance and worth are based on how well we have acted in our Christian faith today, yesterday, or before because this has nothing to do with God's forgiveness.  

I want to encourage you to remember this; once you have embraced God's truth and realize you are free and forgiven of the bondage of sin, you will start to walk in freedom and will have a genuine love for the One who forgave, the One who paid the price.  And you will want to share this gift freely as it was given unto you freely. God loves you, He forgave you, and there is nothing you can do to earn this loveit is a free gift.  But there is one thing required; you have to accept it.  Just like Christmas morning, you have to receive it and open it up, because a gift is worthless unless you receive it.  Grace; unmerited favor; God is Good!

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 10:16-17, how will we know what is sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you ready to accept God's full forgiveness and start to live with an attitude reflecting the great gift given to you?

APPLICATION: We should be grinning from ear to ear, knowing we have been forgiven, and we have an eternity of life ahead of us.  We should also be sharing this truth to each and every person we have a chance to do so with.

Father, I completely accept and acknowledge I was a lost sinner, but now have been saved by Your grace.  I acknowledge my worth is not based on what I may do this day, but on what was done for me by Your Son.  I have been given freedom from bondage, and I desire to lay my life down this day, and allow You to speak through me to those who You have brought into my life.  Give me the words and the ability to be what You would want of me so I may glorify the name of Your Son, my Savior.  In Jesus' Precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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