Understanding and accepting the extent of
God's forgiveness -- which is absolute and complete -- will free
us to enjoy God's presence rather than fear it or feel guilty in
WHY IS UNDERSTANDING THIS TRUTH IMPORTANT?
This truth is huge. In fact, this truth often makes the difference
in people really "getting" their relationship with God.
Here's why: Failing to understand God's absolute forgiveness prevents
many people from living in the joy that God intended. When we are
afraid or feel guilty before God we're going to avoid Him. And it's
hard to carry on a relationship with someone you're trying to avoid.
"Symptoms" of not understanding/accepting
God's perfect forgiveness include: Thinking weve sinned too
often or too big for God to forgive us; distance from
God because of guilt, or that we feel Hes disappointed with
us; approaching God with an Im scum attitude,
rather than with confidence; focusing too much on ourselves and
whether or not God likes us at the moment.
When we fail to accept the complete forgiveness
of God for all we've ever done and all we will ever do, our relationship
with Him is severely damaged and we are unable to experience the
joy and freedom our relationship with God is designed to bring.
THE TRUTH: GOD HAS FORGIVEN US COMPLETELY
Even though we are free from sin, we sometimes mess
up. God is not surprised when we do this; He understands that we
arent perfect and doesnt expect us to be perfect. He
has forgiven all our sin, and there is none too big for Him to forgive.
When we dont understand and believe this truth, we begin to
think that God wont forgive us if we keep messing up, or that
He is frustrated with us, or that He will give up on us. If we believe
God feels this way, we are believing lies. These thoughts will cause
us to drift away from God because we let our guilt come between
us and God and this is exactly what Satan wants!
2 Corinthians 7.10 says, Godly sorrow brings
repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly
sorrow brings death.
This verse shows that when we sin and feel bad, God
wants us to repent and turn from that sin this is the godly
sorrow that brings repentance. Satan wants sorrow, and the
guilt that comes from it, to separate us from God this is
the worldly sorrow that brings death.
Whenever we begin to feel that God is upset with
us and holds our sin against us, remember that you are no longer
guilty before God!
Romans 8.1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus
When God forgives us, its complete. He
doesnt forgive some sins and not others, He doesnt partially
forgive sins, and when Hes forgiven our sins, theyre
Psalms 103.2-3 Praise the LORD, O my soul
all your sins and heals all your diseases
Psalms 130.3-4 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord,
who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness
Remember that we are a new creation and God sees us as blameless
before Him. We cannot rely on our feelings when we feel guilty
about our mistakes. We must remember the truth God has given us
and accept His forgiveness and believe He has forgiven us, no matter
what we do or how many times we do it. This truth has been compared
to a parent teaching their child to walk. When the child takes a
step and falls down, does the parent get upset, abandon the child,
and give up on him? Of course not! In the same way, when we fall
down, God is right there ready to help us back up and encouraging
us to take another step. God wants to be with us every step of the
way as we learn to walk in Him and He will finish what He started
Philippians 1.6 being confident of this, that
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus.
Acceptance: God's Unconditional Love