Forgiveness

I was using the computer the other day and I had worked about two or three hours on a project. Somehow, I deleted it. It was gone! It took me another two hours to re-do my entire project. Once you delete something on the computer, it’s gone forever. And that’s exactly what Jesus Christ does to our sins. They’re gone forever! Deleted, and we are Forgiven!

David said in Psalm 32:1 (NIV), “

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”  Also verse 2: “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him.”

Aren’t these verses special? God doesn’t count our sins against us: they’re all gone, they’re all forgiven, they’re erased, deleted. Our debt is paid in full. Thank you Jesus!

How do you get forgiveness? Have you accumulated so many mistakes that you wonder if you can ever be forgiven? Can God forgive a sin that you keep doing? Have you ever prayed, “God, please forgive me one last time.” Can He forgive that sin too? While you’re still doing it?  Well, you CAN have your sins forgiven because:

God GAVE His Son Jesus Christ!  John 3:16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him might not perish but have everlasting life.”

So the first give was given by God Himself. God always initiates salvation. Salvation was given by Him. Before the foundation of the earth, God formulated a master plan to rescue us and to forgive us of our sins. God did that to redeem the human race from eternal separation from Him. Because he loves us so much he wants us to spend eternity with Him. Now, we have to be forgiven, because we can’t pay our debt. Nobody is so good that they can save themselves and no one is so bad that God cannot save them. And so we totally depend on Him for salvation. Not only did God give His Son, but Jesus gave His life. (Eph. 1:7)

Jesus Christ willingly GAVE His life that we might receive full pardon from our most wicked, most desperate, and the most repeated sins. That they can be forgiven. Jesus’ blood can blot out the reddest, the blackest record of our sins. Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and as a cloud your sins.” Jesus had to shed his blood and die on the cross so that we may be saved. Hebrews 9:22 says: “…without the shedding of Blood there can be no forgiveness.” Eph. 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to His grace.”  Jesus Christ provided for our full pardon.

So the first thing we must do to receive forgiveness is to Forgive. In Matthew, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. In this prayer there is only one that has any condition attached to it. It is the petition for forgiveness. It says that if we are to be forgiven, we must first forgive others. If someone has wronged you, you must forgive them. Please “forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors”. That’s the condition. So you cannot receive forgiveness as long as you have not forgiven. We are all sinners, everyone of us. John 1:8-9 says: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us…”

So to receive forgiveness from God, we must first forgive others. And when we confess our sins to God , He will forgive us!

You can get total forgiveness of your sins today. That’s the good news. And it’s free! You can get free forgiveness for all the sins you’ve ever committed AND the ones you will commit. You can get it today, free, directly from the source. You can get forgiveness straight from God. There’s no hindrance, it’s straight from Him. Will you give your life to Him today? He waits to forgive your darkest sin.  It’s a gift. We don’t earn it. We can only ask God to give it to us. Forgiveness.