Have you ever felt as if you have to earn forgiveness, or that it is beyond your reach? Would you like to uncover God’s promise of forgiveness? Then join us below as we discover what forgiveness means for us!
Promises of the Word:
From the first line of Genesis to the last in Revelation, God’s promises are written. Many of them we know—at least partly—yet, by examining God’s Word, we discover that His promises are more numerous and wonderful than we could possibly imagine!
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19
“In Jesus we hear a resounding ‘yes’ to all of God’s many promises. This is the reason we say ‘Amen’ to and through Jesus when giving glory to God.”—2 Corinthians 1:20 (VOICE)
Every one of God’s promises is firm, and through the Blood of Yeshua—Jesus—we have a right to access them. However, to do so, we need to understand what those promises mean…
The Forgiveness of God:
No matter how old or young we may be, each of us has needed forgiveness. In fact, while there are people who have had to forgive us, perhaps even of things we would like to forget, most of us require deeper, and more frequent times of forgiveness… from the One who has the power to save.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”—Romans 3:23
No one but Jesus has ever walked the earth and been without sin. Forgiveness is a necessary and welcomed blessing to the one who has stumbled. And the truest form of forgiveness can only come from God, be it directly through His forgiving our sins, or through His healing the hearts of those who need to forgive us.
Yet, we are not only blessed with the promise of God forgiving US—which is miraculous in and of itself—but with the ability to forgive through God’s love in us! While the promise of God forgiving us when we humble ourselves to repent and accept the Blood of Jesus is ultimately of the greatest value, there is a special purpose in our forgiving others…
This is for several reasons. One is because to forgive is to become more like our Father… accepting that we are made in the image of God and allowing Him to shape us further. To become who we were created to be.
Another reason is that unforgiveness is a deadly poison. It alters our thoughts, hardens our hearts, closes our eyes, ears, and mind to God’s voice, and can even cause physical ailments!
Whenever God wants us to do something, such as walk in forgiveness, or not do something, like being anxious, there are very good reasons! He wants us to walk in fullness, health, and purpose… and just as His forgiveness is key to that happening, our forgiving others opens His plans for us.
It opens us up to the promise of God’s forgiveness!
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”—Matthew 6:14
God’s forgiveness holds the greatest power. However, while it is freely given through the Blood of Jesus, there are small changes we are meant to make before and after we are forgiven… these include:
- Recognizing that forgiveness needs to come if we are to walk in alignment with God
- Repentance with true intention to change; not covering up sin, but expunging it
- Prayer and acceptance of the forgiveness; opening our hearts up to God and His love
- Asking God to not only help us stop the sin behavior, but to heal/remove the root cause
- Sowing the forgiveness we have received in others; forgiving as God has forgiven us
While this list may seem daunting, by accepting God’s grace, love, and forgiveness, we are able to accomplish more than this!
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,”—Ephesians 1:7-8
However, it is important to realize that God’s promised forgiveness is free. None of us deserve it, and none of us could possibly come close to earning it. It is a gift. One that is activated—or opened—through the simple act of repentance. Additionally, it is a gift that we can enjoy regularly. Because, despite our continually growing to be more like our Father, each of us will make mistakes.
There is a need for repentance in all of our lives, because there is a need for forgiveness in all of our lives. Living a repentive lifestyle, accepting the subsequent forgiveness, and changing out of our old habits and patterns is key. Literally. Because it opens up doors to blessings that God has set aside just for us. It puts us into right-standing with God and unlocks the doors of our eyes, and ears, and all that we are, so that we might be in tune with the thoughts of our Father.
Of all the promises of God, forgiveness is one of the greatest keys, and the most necessary.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9
Accepting God’s Promises:
No matter which promise or promises of God we need, it is important that we not only believe but accept each one. Not because His promises will be broken forever if we fail to properly believe or receive them, but because God does nothing against our will! Because God created each promise intentionally, knowing we would need them.
At times it can be difficult for us to accept God’s promises, thinking that we are unworthy of them… but God wants to bless us. Yes, none of us deserve the promises of God, but that is why we are able to accept them as tokens of love. It is out of His love that we are blessed, it is out of His love that we receive His promises, and it is out of His love that we are forgiven! This is a precious thing, not to be taken advantage of, but to be treasured…
It is time that we activate and believe God’s promises. It is time that we accept them and give them a place to reside. We have to open our hearts in acceptance. We have to desire God’s promises if they are to flourish.
Yes, God will not leave us or forsake us, even if we forsake Him… but do we honestly expect Him to move in power if we say, “no”? By opening our hearts, changing our habits and patterns to create an atmosphere for Him, and seeking Him and His Kingdom first, we can say, “yes”!
If we are willing to seek God, He will come. He will answer. And all of His promises will be ready to rest and flow through us!
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