God Is a Forgiving God
by Frank King 5/08/2012 / Christian Living
One of the main attributes we should love about God is that God forgives sin. Why? Because every one of us sins at one time or another. When we sin, it means we have missed the mark of God's standard. It does not matter how hard we try to please Him, we will fall short at times, sometimes terribly short. When we do, it is important for us to know that God is a forgiving God. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," the Bible says (1 John 1:9).
Perhaps someone reading this post is saying, "But you don't know what terrible things I have done." To you I would respond, "You are right." But note that the verse above says He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That includes everything under the sun. He is not shocked by our past. He sees every deed we do in real time. And it's not His will for His children to live under the terrible weight of sin. That's why He invites us to confess our sins so we can experience His forgiveness and cleansing.
Some people today may argue that this subject is not relevant to our present day. That's because, to many, sin is relative. Things have changed, they argue. What used to be sin is now acceptable in our society. Well, on that last point, they certainly will get no argument from me.
But hear me, friend. The fact that we live in an increasingly tolerant society does not change God's perspective. Sin is not relative. It is not a thing of the past. According to the Bible, "sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). Hence, whenever we disobey God's commandments and Jesus' teachings we sin against God. Furthermore, God's moral laws have not changed just because our society has.
Last but not least, the verse I quoted at the beginning of this post says that when we confess our sins, God is "faithful and just to forgive us." So when we confess our sins to God we don't have to wonder if He will forgive us or if He has forgiven us. The purpose of this verse is to assure us that we have God's forgiveness, whenever we confess our sins. So if this post applies to you, receive the Word of the Lord today so you can be free from the burden of sin.
Copyright 2012 by Frank King. All rights reserved.
Frank King is a former church pastor. He is currently an evangelist and an author. Frank holds a Master of Theology degree. Through the grace of God, Frank has been blessed to cross cultural lines in his preaching. Website: http://www.efrankking.com