“As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” [Psalm 103:12]
What can we know about God’s forgiveness?
God’s forgiveness covers everything.
Yes, everything. When we choose to accept and believe Jesus for who the Bible says He is, we receive the fullness of what He did on the cross. The cross covers everything we have ever done. If you have been a Christian for a while, this can seem like old news. However, I think that many of us don’t live from that place of believing we are truly forgiven and pure in the eyes of God. How many of us profess to be Christians but live daily under the heavy hand of condemnation? The voice inside your head that says you haven’t done enough, that you aren’t enough, that you’re brokenness and sin is enough to keep you from God is not God. That is the enemy. The enemy would love to keep you from entering into intimacy with the Father. The biggest thing condemnation steals from us is an intimate relationship with Jesus. However, the truth is that Jesus is the only one who can convince us that the voice that says all of those things is a lie. His word and His truth through the Bible have the power to break the chains of condemnation.
If you are feeling the weight of condemnation today, I would encourage you to read through Romans 8 and declare some of the truths of that chapter over yourself today. I will start you with the first verse because it is so good.
“1 So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One.”
I love the way that The Passion Translation states this verse. The case against you is closed! It was finished on the cross. You are forgiven and nothing you do can change that.
Because we have the Holy Spirit within us, We can extend God’s forgiveness to those who wrong us.
Sometimes this truth can be a hard pill for us to follow. When wronged or faced with injustice, our flesh screams vengeance. I think though that if we really believe and know the heart of God it becomes so easy to forgive. We can believe that no matter how deeply someone wounds us or hurts us, God will not do that to us. He sees all of our hurts and He meets us in those. He is comforter and He is redeemer. He is the only one who can empower us to forgive.
It’s also important to remember that If we want and desire mercy for ourselves then we should also want that for the people around us. We cannot truly ask God to forgive us but then hold others to an impossible standard that even God does not hold them to. We can not cry out mercy when it comes to ourselves and then turn around and shout justice for everyone else. We can not be the only one who does not get what we truly deserve. It is in the goodness and kindness of God that none of get what we deserve but what God desired for us, which is relationship with Him. I am not saying that there is not consequences for missteps and bad behavior. There is and there are boundaries, but ultimately when we live in unforgiveness we are imprisoning ourselves.
If you are struggling to forgive or believe that you are forgiven, that is okay. Forgiveness often times looks like a process over time of surrendering a person, relationship, or situation to God. Ask Him to come meet you. Ask Him to keep your heart soft and help you. I believe as we seek His help and comfort He empowers us to do the impossible.
God, thank you that I am forgiven. I am yours and you see me as pure and clean. I am always allowed to come into your presence no matter what I have done. Thank you that with you I can forgive the people who have hurt me most. I pray that you would keep my heart soft and open to your voice. Empower me to forgive the way that you have forgiven. Amen.