1. He Has Forgiven Your Sin
If you are not careful you can make the mistake of putting quantifiers and qualifiers on God’s forgiveness. You can tell yourself he will forgive me a certain amount of times and only for certain sins. Let me tell you, this is not true. Let me explain.
In Matthew 18, Peter poses a question to Jesus about forgiveness.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’” (Matthew 18:21).
In those days, rabbis taught that you should forgive a person three times. In Peter’s question, he felt he was being more than generous because he was offering more than double the amount of forgiveness. However, I am sure he was not expecting Jesus’ response:
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times’” (Matthew 18:22).
In Jesus’ reply he was demonstrating a simple principle: forgiveness has no limits. There should be no limits to the amount you forgive someone else. Equally, and possibly more important, is that there are no limits to the amount of times God will forgive you.
The secret to receiving God’s forgiveness is asking for it and sincerely desiring it. If you ask God to forgive you, and you really mean it, he will forgive you. It doesn’t matter how many times you have made the same mistake or what you have done. This does not give you a free license to willfully keep sinning with no desire to change, that is a subject for a different article. If you bring sincere repentance to God it will be met with God’s sincere forgiveness. Here is the truth of God’s heart towards forgiveness:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
“’Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isaiah 1:18).
God is not mad at you. He will forgive you – all you have to do is ask.
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