60 ForgivenessPosted: May 14, 2013
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. Psalm 103:8-13
When we repent in Jesus’ name, God forgives us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” God’s nature is to forgive. Any thoughts to the contrary are lies of the enemy. Do not listen to the enemy’s voice. Listen to God’s voice. He freely offers forgiveness. My dear friends, I well understand that doubts arise about God’s goodness. Doubt comes from our shame and self-hatred. Shame and self-hatred speak lies to our souls. The enemy uses shame and self-hatred to try to convince us that God is not kind and compassionate. Please reread the scripture above. This is truth. We need to believe the Truth. The enemy is full of lies.
We may not feel forgiven. We need to base our faith on God’s word rather than our feelings. Feelings can lie. God’s word is true. If we confess our sins in Jesus’ name, God forgives us! It does not matter what we have done. Saul had Christians stoned to death simply because they confessed the name of Jesus. Jesus had mercy and revealed Himself to Saul. Jesus changed Saul to Paul. Paul became a great Apostle and writer of many of the books of the New Testament. God forgave Saul. He will forgive us.
God abounds in love for us. We need to highlight in our minds: God does not just have a little love; He abounds in love for us! He does not eke out small amounts of love at a time. He overflows with love and mercy toward us. “God is love.” (1 John 4:8, emphasis mine)
We need to let go of doubt and think about God’s goodness. We need to read the Word. Meditate on passages that speak of His mercy, grace and love. We need to fellowship with safe people. We may experience doubt for a long time. Shame feeds doubt. Even though we let go of shame, it still sticks to us. Healing takes a long time. We need to be patient with ourselves.
Besides the above, some passages on which to meditate (If you don’t have time to look at all these verses, at least look at Ephesians 1:3-8): Psalm 51, Luke 15:11-32, 23:34, Acts 10:43, 13:38-39, 26:9-18, Romans 5:5-10, Ephesians 1:3-8. I have found these passages particularly powerful.
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