God’s Forgiveness

God is the Creator of heaven and earth and exalted above the heavens.  He is infinite in power, wisdom and glory.  There is nothing that God is not able to do.  He has done many miracles that are recorded in Scripture such as creating the universe out of nothing, parting the Red Sea, causing a virgin to give birth to Jesus and more.  There is one miracle that stands out in my mind: the miracle of God’s forgiveness of sins when a person comes to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

God’s forgiveness of sins is a miracle because sinners can’t earn or buy or get forgiveness by human effort, wisdom or tears and yet God makes forgivenss happen.  Bear in mind also that sinners do not deserve forgiveness; all human beings have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and deserve death (Rom. 6:23).  God’s love and mercy are so great that He designed a way for sinners to be forgiven without compromising His righteous requirements for perfection.  God sent Jesus to be the the sinner’s Substitute (2 Cor. 5:21).  Whoever believes in Jesus for forgiveness will be declared righteous, forgiven and treated as if he had never broken God’s law (Rom. 3:24-25; Rom. 4:7-88).

The miracle of forgiveness comes with an amazing guarantee.  Heb. 8:12 tells us that when God forgives a sinner who trusts in Jesus for salvation, He will not remember his sins anymore.  That doesn’t mean God forgets because He has a perfect, infinite memory.  It means that God makes a promise not to remember your sins or bring them up to you or other people.  In other words, God’s forgiveness is complete; you start with a clean slate and God never reminds you of all your old sins.  A new life begins at the moment a sinner repents (turns away from his sin) and trusts Jesus.  To be forgiven is a miracle because it means that the holy God accepts an ungodly person and never requires that person to pay for his sins; all the payment was made by Jesus on the cross of Calvary.

The miracle of forgiveness continues throughout life on earth.  The person who is forgiven has a new relationship with God: God is his Father and as a loving Father, He wants His children to do the right things.  When God’s children disobey their Father, He disciplines them (Heb. 12:6-11).  When a child of God sins, he asks his heavenly Father for forgiveness and it is granted, time and time again (1 John. 1:9).  The promise given by God at the time of salvation to not remember our sins (Heb. 8:12) is Judicial forgiveness and covers all sins past, present and future.  The same promise is ours as we live our Christian life imperfectly on earth: God will not remember our daily sins as we confess and forsake them (1 John. 1:9).  This is Parental forgiveness and God loves to see His dear children coming to Him daily asking His forgiveness when they don’t do His will.

Have you experienced the miracle of God’s forgiveness? Perhaps you have doubts about whether God could ever forgive sins like yours. Maybe you have been taken captive by some sin and think God won’t be able to forgive you.  You might even be confused by false teaching on forgiveness thinking you only ask for forgiveness once.  Today, reflect on these scriptures and know that God the Judge forgives sinners, even the foulest sinners and those enslaved to various sins.  Once the Judge forgives, He promises that all your legal problems are solved and He then becomes your Father.  As you try to love and obey your Father but fail at times, He lovingly forgives you each time you confess to Him.  Proverbs 28:13 says, “He that covers his sin shall not prosper but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.”  Come today and experience the miracle of forgiveness by confessing your sins and turning away from them.  What joy and peace you can have knowing that God will not remember your many sins.  It will free you to live a life that glorifies Him.

Pastor Dennis

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