Guest Thursday, Jul 1, 2021 @ 9:25 am
Forgiveness How do we know we have been forgiven?
From the Elder: The old Church of God of the New Covenant 1 Cor. 1:2- Gal. 1:13- Eph. 2:15-21- Jer. 31:31- Heb. 8:1-13 Keeping Guilt alive in our living is not God’s way of forgiveness. He tells us to change our thinking Phi. 4:5-7. What is Guilt? *** Rom. 1:20 Rom. 3:19-23 Matt. 11:28-29- Guilt is a heavy burden to bear. We do this to ourselves. And it’s one that is difficult to put down. No matter how hard people try to ignore it, it rears its ugly head. In the still of the night, it often weighs the heaviest. In the privacy of one’s thoughts, it painfully persists. It pricks consciences and calls to mind sinful thoughts and acts. It never is satisfying. It never relents. The only way to remove it from us is to repent of any sin it brings to mind, if it is evil doing this it will go away. The only thing that effectively removes guilt is the knowledge that Jesus has broken its power by taking full responsibility for our sins and paying our debt to God’s justice. It’s the knowledge that the Lord has separated us from our transgressions as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) and has drowned them in the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). We all are given a choice of free will to receive God and the enteral life with Him. This is what God has done 2Cor. 5:19- Heb. 10:17 Eph. 1:7 when we John 3:16 we are taken to Romans 10:9-13 even if we do not fully understand what is going on in our lives, this is God doing what He does best, and that is salvation from the sins we have as humans. We all should understand this about the forgiveness that God gives us as humans! BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT. Romans 4:7-8 Why is this true? Because in Psalm 51:4 King David confessed to God after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, that he had sinned against Him only. Only a violation against God’s commands, statutes, and ordinances sentence a person to hell. Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight Psalm 51:4 We have discovered that forgiveness is at the very core of the character of God. He is a God of forgiveness. Now, we must ask, “Is there a sin God will not forgive? ” The answer is found in 1 John 1:9. This is a promise that every believer should remember. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 As believers, many of us understand intellectually, but what God is doing is not, a human thing it is forgiveness for Him for what we have done before Him in sin, what it means to be forgiven for what we have done to Him as His made person. We know that Christ’s death atones for our sins. By placing our faith in Him, we are saved into an eternal relationship with our Lord that never changes, that is our past is forgiven. Even though we may still sin after becoming a Christian, we know that when we turn to the Lord with a repentant heart, confessing our sin to Him, He washes our sin away, and He forgives us when we fall down as a human because when we were forgiven we are still just humans. First John tells us that when we confess our sin, God “is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Yet sometimes, people discover that they are unable to find that feeling of reconciliation with God. No matter how often they confess and after doing all that they can to make reparation for their sin, they still feel as if they cannot be forgiven. Why is this? It may seem like their sins are things — like divorce, abortion, or adultery—are beyond God’s forgiveness. They continue to carry the burden of their guilt along with them each day, weighed down by a feeling of permanent distance in their relationship with the Lord. 1> If one has sinned, anyone can repent, and not all divorces are sins. In every person’s life, there comes a time when someone wrongs you. Depending on the offense, it may be easy to forgive. Other times, however, it may be more difficult. Yet God commands that we forgive others just as He has forgiven us. So what does biblical forgiveness look like? God has already done this for the human race. Only God can do this and He has already done it!! . Hebrews 8:12, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. ” Jeremiah 31:34, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. ” Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. ” 2. Any sin can be repented of as long as one is in the human body that is what God has done for us all. There is no such thing as a person who can’t sin, as a human. You are no different you are just human. To forgive does not mean you allow someone to continue to hurt you over and over. Allowing this lessens your respect for yourself and degrades one of God’s prized creations—you! Biblical forgiveness: Establish and maintain clear boundaries between yourself and others. When someone offends you, be quick to forgive and slow to anger. Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ” this sometimes requires us to stop seeing the EX mate who let us down. If the offense continues, ask yourself if this person puts you or themselves first. If they put themselves first, be honest about the state of the relationship. If the offender refuses to repent, cut ties. Perhaps the waters of guilt have washed over you, and you feel like you are sinking in sorrow and regret. What could be preventing you from moving beyond your past and feeling forgiven? 1. Hear Christ's gospel (Romans 10:11-17) 2. Believe in Christ (Romans 1:16-17, Romans 8:34) 3. Repent of sin (Romans 2:4-5, Romans 6:1-2) 4. Confess faith in Christ (Romans 10:8-10) 5. Be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3-4, Romans 8:1) 6. Continue in his way (Romans 12:1-2, Romans 12:11-12). Provided you have done these things, then you can continue to repent and pray and believe that God forgives you faithfully according to his wonderful promises. It can be evil doing this worry to you. If you have a bad dream or nightmare about something you have repented for just repent again and if it is the devil doing this He will not want you to repent so He will remove himself from you. Repent for anything that comes to mind as a sin you have had, or done. All of this will remove evil from you as a human. Remember what any human tells themselves is not what God has for them, such as “What I have done is too bad. I know that God is forgiving, but I cannot be forgiven for this. ” We must remember that God is doing this, What a far cry this is from the truth! If our sin is an exception to God’s forgiveness, then Scripture lies because it declares, “Everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be saved” (Acts 2:21) John 3:15-18- Romans 10:9-13 So what truth is it about any person who is human and has sinned, The truth is that our sin is no worse (and no better) than the rest of humanities. All sin is evil in the Lord’s sight. Yet Christ’s death is sufficient (see Colossians 1:20-21; Hebrews 7:24-25). It is more than enough—many, many times over—to cover all the wrong we’ve ever done and will ever do. No sin is beyond God’s forgiveness. Sin doesn’t just happen. First, there is temptation, and then there is a choice. What is it that we do to get it started? 1. Holding grudges We must admit our sins to God if our relationship with Him is to be restored completely. Looking back at the real need for forgiveness, we see that unconfessed sin can separate us in our relationship with God. Confession is the way to restore that relationship with the Lord, remembering that it is for our own benefit that we confess to returning to the Lord because He is faithful even when we are not (2 Timothy 2:13). 2. Justifying wrong attitudes 3. Putting your desires first (before God) 4. Feeling annoyed over the success of others 5. Getting hurt easily and reacting out of the hurt 6. Underpaying (taking advantage of others’ work) 7. Skimping on the work you are being paid to do 8. Criticizing and finding fault — secretly or outwardly 9. Focusing on the cares of the world — putting your full attention and trust in the “things” of the world, like money, power, possessions, and image. When we allow that to define us, we lose focus of who we are in Christ. This doesn’t mean not caring about what happens in the world. 10. Gossiping or speaking unkindly of those not present Romans 6:12 tells us: “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. ” “Let” implies choice. We have free will, and therefore we have a choice to choose God or to choose sin. So if we have a choice, then how do we sin but not without knowing it is a sin? We must decide to change, to turn from our sins. “Therefore this is what the Lord says, ‘If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me. ’” (Jeremiah 15:19 Happiness. Can be had but all of us are told to do this, stop what we think on as bad, When we know God's forgiveness, we are blessed (happy). “Blessed (happy) is he whose transgressions are forgiven, who sins are covered. Blessed (happy) is the man whose sin the Lord doesn't count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. ” (Psalm 32:1-2) Phi 4:5-8- John 14:1-3- Prov. 24:19- Luke 12:22-31-Psa. 37:1-8. God chooses not to hold our sins against us. Another result of forgiveness is that God doesn't keep a record of our sins, He does not hold them against us. Because the blood of Christ covered our sins, God chooses to put them out of His mind. “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. ” (Isaiah 43:25) God removes our sin from us. “It is possible for the Lord to look at us without seeing our sins because when he forgave us, he removed our sins as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12) We can forgive ourselves. When we are forgiven, we can forgive ourselves and go on with our lives. “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ” (Philippians 3:13, 14) Remember who is at the cause of our troubles and who is out to make us think God does not forgive!!! The Book of Revelation calls Satan the deceiver of the whole world. And in Revelation 12:10, he is called the “accuser of our brothers. ” However, while Satan tries to accuse you and make you feel guilty, God declares that you are as pure as Jesus Christ when He has forgiven you. God said that we are completely forgiven of our past because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross and when we John 3:16 He is our only Savior. Until next time Repent and live with peace. Reply