Posted by: missionventureministries | June 22, 2015

GOD FORGIVES US OF OUR SINS – 1 John 1:9

God forgives - 1 John 1 vs 9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

The Bible clearly teaches that God has made provisions for the forgiveness of our sins. There are however many people that have a very difficult time believing that forgiveness is available for certain sins and choices they have made in life; thus they continue to live in a compartmentalized state in which their mental awareness and their heart knowledge do not match and the person cannot accept God’s forgiveness.

To restore intimacy with our Father is a very important aspect of forgiveness, and it is perhaps best understood in the parent-child relationship. When a child chooses to do something wrong, a loving parent needs only to know that the child is genuinely sorry for their actions for reconciliation and intimacy to be restored.

In the same way God wants for us to take responsibility for our actions, admit that we were wrong, change our attitude and verbalize our sorrow in order to restore intimacy with Him.

We need to however understand that even thought there is forgiveness that there are consequences. The Bible teaches us that what we sow we will also reap (Galatians 6:7). For some it might be a lasting effect on health from the consequences of drug or alcohol abuse. Or it might be a sexual transmitted disease that has no cure. And for some it might be something quite different and very secretive that is buried in their soul, like having had an abortion that no one ever knew about. In any case it is tempting for the person to interpret lasting consequences as a sign of God’s continued judgment and rejection. Even though in many cases people might have to live with the consequences of their disobedience, our amazing and loving Heavenly Father is always ready to forgive us of all trespasses.

God is always calling sinners to seek Him and promises them forgiveness when they truly repent. It is because of His great mercy and grace that God rescues the believer from the dominion of darkness that began way back in the Garden of Eden. Jesus came to earth to restore our relationship with the Father. He extends a loving invitation for forgiveness of sins which is only possible through His shed blood. He gave His life so that we may live. We are forgiven because of His obedience and sacrifice on the cross and for paying our tremendous sin debt.

In Romans 3:24 we read that we all are, justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

To demonstrate how our heavenly Father wants to love, accept and forgive us when we turn to Him, Jesus told a parable of the son who squandered his inheritance and lived an immoral life and when he had nothing left, not even food to eat, he decided to return home. His father never gave up on him. So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

That is how our heavenly Father sees us, welcomes us, forgives us and loves us even after we’ve really messed up, and then turn back to Him! He is moved with compassion and welcomes us with open arms.

In John 8:3-11, a story is told where a woman was caught in the very act of adultery and the scribes and the Pharisees brought this woman before Jesus. They wanted to stone her, however, Jesus said to them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Each one of them were convicted in their own consciences, and walked away. When Jesus and the woman were the only ones left, He said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

And even while Jesus was dying on the cross, He showed compassion to the criminal who was hanging on the cross next to Him when he confessed that he deserved his punishment, and asked Jesus to remember him. And Jesus in all His mercy said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

There are so many beautiful stories of forgiveness in the Bible and it is God’s deep desire to see sinners turn to Him and receive forgiveness for their sins! There is great joy in heaven when a person turns from their wicked ways and turns to God! (Luke 15:10)

We need to understand that when we become a child of God, we are a new creation! Our past has been wiped away, and we are given a fresh new start! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

There awaits no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! (Romans 8:1) Because Jesus did not come here to condemn us, but to save us! (John 3:17)

Not only does God forgive our sins, but He also forgets our sins! He chooses not to remember our sins for His own sake! (Isaiah 43:25)

When our sins are forgiven, they are removed from us as far as the east is from the west! (Psalms 103:12)

We are told not to look at the past, but press forward towards the future! (Philippians 3:13)

God Himself does not remember our sins, so why should we? If He felt it was best to forget them, then why should we keep on remembering them? God wants us to forgive ourselves and allow Jesus’ blood to wash clean our conscience from all the evil we have done! (Hebrews 9:14)

Please remember that when God forgives, He removes the sin and restores the soul.

We must remember that we will definitely experience a life changing transformation when we truly surrender our life to Jesus Christ, because, true Salvation always brings TRANSFORMATION.

“He who knew no sin, became sin for us so that we might become the righteous of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

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