Jesus was asked by the disciples how many times they needed to forgive someone. Jesus said, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” -Matthew 18:22
Do you acknowledge that you sin? Just because you are saved doesn’t mean you do not sin. It means you are forgiven. We all sin, it’s real in all of our lives. This morning I was reminded of the many things that aren’t pleasing to God. Knowing I am guilty brings me back to my knees. Acknowledging that you sin is a huge step. A lot of people sin and don’t think there’s anything wrong with it but sin is destructive. God does not want us to live with guilt. He wants us to know and fully experience His forgiveness. Do you struggle in an area and keep on sinning? Do you think God gets so weary forgiving us that we, at some point, reach our limit? God did not put a limit on forgiveness. God does not overlook our sin and say, “You’re forgiven.” God sees our sin but is ready to forgive us because Jesus fully took OUR sin on himself and paid for our sin by his death on the cross. Sin is serious! But from the moment you choose to believe in Christ and make him a part of your life, his forgiveness is yours. You can’t ever make up for your own sin or suffer enough for it. The enemy will always try to throw things in your face to bring guilt back. God does not want you to suffer. As a teenager I remember being taught Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
How many times have you forgiven someone? Have you kept a track record? No. So you see Jesus’ point. We forgive, because God forgives us. He died for all sin. Past, Present, and Future. Look at your sin the way God says to look at it. “If I confess my sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive me of my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness.” -1John 1:9
Of course Hebrews 10:26-3 suggests that if a person continues living an unchristian life even after "receiving the knowledge of the truth," there's good reason to suppose that he never really knew Christ in the first place. If you willfully persists in committing the same sin over and over again, without remorse and without showing any evidence of a genuine desire to change. "there no longer remains any sacrifice for sins." Maybe that is why Scripture warns us against "tempting God" and "grieving the Holy Spirit." If you truly have a relationship with God it you will grieve over the thought of breaking the precious fellowship with him even for a moment and you will try to stick close to him desiring to always please and honor God.
Have you asked God to forgive you and to come into your life? Then you are forgiven! Thank him for his forgiveness and rejoice in your secure relationship with him. Nothing is beyond God’s forgiveness. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” -Psalm 103:12 No sin is too great or too awful for God to forgive. No person is so deep in sin, so ingrained in a wicked lifestyle, or so steeped in evil that he or she cannot be saved. The only requirement is that you accept His forgiveness. Will you?
“Father God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
In your name I pray, Amen.”