“When God forgives He forgets. He buries our sins in the sea and puts a sign on the bank saying, “No Fishing Allowed.” – Corrie ten Boom
Forgiveness is one of those things that we can give away to others, but also receive for ourselves. Sometimes it’s hard to get over hurdles of wrongs and mistakes we have done. Sometimes letting go of offenses is not the easiest thing to do. But, in Christ Jesus, the Word of God consistently tells us that we are forgiven. When we repent before the Lord, He throws our sins away and gives us a clean and clear slate to work with. Micah 7:19 tells us, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea,” and David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me,” (Psalm 51:10).
The stories in the Bible are plentiful of people, who when walking through this life, have stumbled and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And in that, there are plenteous stories of ones that have been redeemed, set aright, renewed, and forgiven. God doesn’t hide from us, nor does He hide His forgiveness from the truly repentant. It’s there; He’s there, if we will just seek Him for restoration, seek Him for forgiveness.
When He forgives, don’t go back digging it up. Don’t keep coddling that thing that God has let go of. Since He let it go, you let it go, and seek to move on with your life from here. Seek to do better with the days that are up ahead instead of dwelling on what’s behind. Know that His forgiveness is very much real for the one who turns to Him, repents before Him, and trusts and accept His forgiveness.
Listed below is inspiration and encouragement to help you build up your faith in receiving and accepting God’s forgiveness today.
“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” – Isaiah 43:25
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
“He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:10-12
“If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” Psalm 130:3-4
“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
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” – Isaiah 55:7
“Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” – Romans 4:7-8
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
You can’t bypass confession and repentance before God. But when taken care of properly, in Christ, your sins are forgiven! Receive God’s forgiveness today.