[4] The Assurance of Forgiveness


Assurance:

The confidence of being free from doubt or uncertainty; the state of being secure.

 

I knew a man who had done some very unfavorable things to people during the course of his life. He detailed some of the things that included killing people and severely injuring others, but what was most amazing to me was that in the end, he felt that he did not deserve any goodness from God, or forgiveness for his sins. Many times I told him I was praying for him, and would continue to pray for him, but he repeatedly told me not to pray because he did not want them and was certain he would never be forgiven for any of the things he did.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we have access to the goodness of God. He even makes provisions in his written word for our failures and shortcomings; I John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. One thing to remember in the confession of sins is to be specific. Call the sin exactly what it is. Do not go before the Lord and ask for forgiveness for the things you “think” you did, or “may” have done. Call it by name, lust, mishandling of resources, wastefulness, greed, etc…

If we are able to forsake our sin, the Word says we have forgiveness, and God is not a man that he should lie … he cannot fail. There is no need to keep remembering your sin for once it is confessed, it is forgiven and no longer remembered (Hebrews 10:17). God is a good God, abounding in love and forgiveness – (Psalm 86:5). Only the enemy will try to remind us of the wrong we have done. Do not be fooled by the constant remembrance of things; it is not God tormenting you. The devil’s tactic is to keep you forsaken and feeling as though you are not worthy. But remember, God wants you to come to him so that he may forgive you; he wants to do it, and raise you to a level of living in peace.

Lastly, with the knowledge of your forgiveness, know that the God, who freely forgives you, expects you to forgive others. Treat others with kindness and compassion; it is your reasonable response to the forgiveness of which you are now assured.

ACTION: If God has brought something to mind as you read this – some sin that has gone unrepented, stop now and ask God’s forgiveness.  Make your confession to the Lord and claim the promise of the Word in I John. He has forgiven you and cleansed you from unrighteousness.

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