The dictionary defines “forgiveness” as “a willingness to pardon; to give up resentment against; to stop being angry with”. How can a loving God forgive us of the many transgressions and offenses we have committed, not only to Him, our Creator, but to one another? Forgiveness is the act of one’s will; it is the power of choosing. God chooses, and by an act of His will, decides to forgive all those who would accept His goodness, kindness, and mercy. He does it without reluctance and without hesitation. He doesn’t give a second thought whether He will forgive you or not. Forgiveness is, however, conditional. What God requires from us is to admit our wrongdoing. Selah.
“I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalms 32:5 NKJV).
I don’t know about you, but if God would “showcase” (I’m talking about a full color, feature length film!) my sin, my wrong-doing, things I’ve said wrong, and people I’ve hurt, it would not be a pretty sight. What about your life story? Would the box office tickets be sold out?
Confessing our wrong puts the responsibility of the error squarely on us. We don’t always like to admit when we are wrong because pride can harden our heart. But when we accept that we have transgressed, and we humbly come before a loving God, He will never turn away from us. It’s when we refuse to acknowledge and break clean with our sin, that God’s hands are tied. He cannot intervene on our behalf.
The forgiveness that God offers is powerful enough to snatch you out of hell. It has the ability to right a wrong, and it removes condemnation, disgrace, humiliation and shame. Forgiveness purifies. His act of forgiving turns His resentment away from you the one who actually deserves punishment, and places it on Jesus Christ the One who paid the price for your forgiveness— past, present, and future.
God will cover your sins and not expose you before people. If you have a humble heart. Exposure of our sins comes after our repeated rejection of His mercy. Time after time, He knocks on the door of our heart, beckoning us to repent; yet, we often reject His invitation.
Our natural minds cannot begin to comprehend or fathom the forgiveness of God because we are people, who, by nature, hold grudges and bitterness for long periods of time. It’s extremely easy for us to justify how we feel about someone that offended or hurt us, and react because of our wounds, but our Creator is the perfect example of one who teaches us how to forgive.
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