Monday, January 22, 2007

Trust God to Forgive

It is never easy to admit that we have made a mistake. The bigger the mistake the more we want to hide it, deny it, or ignore it. So it is no wonder when it comes to sin, our sin, we have such a hard time confessing it, even to God. Many of us are carrying around the baggage of guilt for past sins and the chains of habit for present sins while are lives become more and more complicated.

I find it hard to confess my sins to God and seek forgiveness because I am so embarrassed about my weakness. After all I should know better! If I truly had faith I wouldn’t behave is such a manner. So I keep my distant from God because I don’t want to appear like a fool before Him.

Perhaps you struggle with seeking forgiveness because you are afraid of God. There is a voice inside of you telling you that if you confess your sins to God then He will punish you. After all isn’t God out to get all the lawbreakers?

In his book Created to Be God’s Friend Henry Blackaby wrote:

“When a child of God sins, what he does next will reveal his heart-relationship with God! Faith in God always returns a person to God for forgiveness. Faith always trusts and obeys” (pp. 88-89).

Faith is a by-product of trust. The question we need to ask ourselves is this: Do I trust God to forgive me? If we don’t trust God to forgive then we won’t return to Him and confess our sins. We will run away and hide. We will ignore the sin that is ruining our lives. We will do every thing we can think of except turn to God.

Let’s stop and think about this situation we find ourselves in. Is there any reason why we should trust God to forgive us? Of course there is and that reason is Jesus Christ. The life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the evidence we need to understand that God is willing to forgive us. No matter who we are or what we have done God is waiting to forgive us for what we have done.

The writer of the book of Hebrews gave us this gem of truth:

14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (NLT).

How do we come before the throne of God? First it requires our surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord. If we are not willing to be a follower of Jesus then it is impossible for us to receive God’s grace of forgiveness. Jesus is the High Priest who has prepared the way to God. There is no other way to God except through Him.

Second we need to confess our sins to God through prayer. God knows our sins, but we need to acknowledge our sins to Him. This is an act of trust. We lay our sins at His feet so He can deal with them, rather than trying to deal with them ourselves.

Third we need to worship God. From singing God’s praises to serving a person in need it is important that we set our hearts to obey that greatest of commandments: To love God with our entire being.

As long as we live in these bodies of flesh sin will be a part of our lives. Not only do we need constantly struggle with sin as we try to eliminate it from our lives as much as possible, but we also have to learn to trust God to forgive us when we do sin. God is gracious and willing to forgive us if we will just return to Him and ask for it.

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