Forgiveness and Grace

We are all sinners, according to the Word of God. When we come into this world, we are born sinners, which is a hard concept to swallow. Why would you be a sinner as a brand new innocent baby?

I want to give you a little insight; it is because God gave us free will, and we were born unto this world of light and darkness. That is a very brief explanation.

Forgiveness

But God also promises to forgive us of our sins when we come to him in prayer.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

There are times that you do something like gossip or have ill thoughts of another, and you know you have sinned. And there are times in your life where you have tried to do everything right. The world is moving on its axis perfectly to suit you. All of life is smooth. Are you still a sinner?

Are there times in your life when you get caught up in the world around you and think you haven’t done anything wrong. Or you believe you are justified in the choices you have made. Then something happens, and it all comes tumbling in on you.

You may live a life that is unreproachable. You don’t gossip or have ill thoughts of others or smoke or drink.

And you go to church every time the doors are open for service. But the Bible says you are still a sinner. I know this is hard to hear for me, and you may feel the same way.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and His Word is not in us.

God created us in his image, but he is the only good and perfect being. He allowed us to make choices.

You, Forgiveness, and Children

Before God Created Man

A lot of things took place in the heavenly realms before God created mankind. Satan was a beautiful angel who served God. But he too could make choices. He chose to sin and rebel against God.

After God cast Satan cast to the earth, the Lord made man, but good and evil were already a part of the picture.

angel and devil in gold foil

So why wouldn’t we be sinners? We were born of both good and evil. We are not always going to make excellent choices.

I am not saying you are evil. I am saying that we all do things, even without thinking that is considered a sin.

Sins Forgiven

Josephine goes to church every Sunday. She studies hard and doesn’t party. With her busy schedule, she still volunteers at the local shelter every other week.

Josephine is in her junior year of college. She is studying accounting and is in her business class right now. Every time she goes to this class, there is a guy who asks so many questions the professor can’t even get through the course in an hour.

As he raises his hand for the fifth time, she rolls her eyes and thinks to herself, “ Oh My Gosh, when will this idiot stop?” Immediately she feels terrible and is kicking herself for thinking that thought.

Is Josephine a sinner? She is a sinner because the Word says we are all sinners. She tries so hard to be a good person, but these thoughts slip in when she least expects.

Sins Unforgiven

Harry wants to join a gang. He is fifteen years old. He wants to fit in and to do so he has to steal a TV from his neighbor.

When the family is gone, he breaks in and gets their big-screen TV. He is initiated into the gang and so proud of himself. Harry doesn’t think he did anything wrong because the gang is so pleased with his steal and his willingness to be a part of them.

black and white rose

Is Harry a sinner? Yes, he is also a sinner because the Word says we are all sinners.

Grace

What is the difference between Josephine and Harry? There is only one difference; Josephine has accepted Jesus into her heart. She knows that God is faithful to forgive if she asks him. Harry does not know the Lord, so his sin will stay with him.
God is gracious, and he does love his children.

 

The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in loving kindness.

This thought boggles my mind that I can do so many things wrong, and still, God forgives me. The Lord is faithful to cleanse us if we ask. We don’t have to worry or fret over the things we have done. He is a gracious God.

Forgive Yourself

So if God is so faithful to forgive us, why can’t we forgive ourselves and others. There is nothing in this world that is so bad that we can not forgive another.

You don’t have to let people harm you. But to forgive them does not exonerate them; it gives you peace. It frees you up to live life again with a clear mind. Forgiveness is for you and not for the other person.

It is God’s way of helping you to get past the bad things that have happened in your life or that have happened to you.

girl with hands over heart

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

I am a sinner; you are a sinner even when we don’t realize what sins we have committed. But Jesus will forgive us if we go to him in prayer.

I wrote this article to show you the grace of God and his forgiveness. I am a firm believer that God draws people to him. It is not my job to shove God down your throat.

SUNSHINE OR SNOW?

Salvation

But if you are moved by the Word of God and feel led to salvation, it is simple. All you do is confess that Jesus is the Son of God and as for salvation, and he will save you from your sins. The choice is yours.
It is that easy. So, if you don’t know Jesus, here is the scripture for you.

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you have salvation, and Jesus lives in your heart.

Do you have difficulties forgiving yourself and others? All humans have this problem, so you are not alone. If you have questions, please leave all questions and comments in the comment section below. I will be back with you shortly.

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