Is your past bothering you today? Do you feel robbed of a bright future for committing actions and making decisions against what you knew would not please God? Despite this guilt-ridden behavior, our ever loving God is always ready to listen to our cries for forgiveness.
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; (Daniel 9:9)
It is quite difficult to grasp this forgiving nature of our God because it is not how we usually react when someone has wronged us. For example, when someone cuts us in line, do we not wish to berate this guy to shame him and hope a public humiliation would teach him a lesson not to do it again? How much more will our resentment be when people harm us where it hurts the most? But no matter how grave our sins are against God, He is willing to put all of these aside.
The greatness of God's forgiving love is simply incomprehensible. Whether the feelings of brokenness and separation from God's intimate presence are due to one regretful night or because of a lifelong internal struggle, he unceasingly yearns for our relationship with him to be repaired. Here is his open invitation.
"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
This is only possible because God's forgiveness has been made accessible to us through Jesus Christ. It says in 1 John 2:2 that "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." Acknowledging Him as our Savior, as we repent, allows us to receive God's forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
The beauty of God's forgiveness is its restorative characteristic. It is more than just about having a healed wound. It assures us that not even a scar is left to be a bitter reminder of our sinful hearts. In exchange for our repentance, God keeps no record of our sins.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Oh, merciful and loving God! Hear my troubled heart. Take away the guilt that has overpowered me. I am sorry for rebelling against you. May you forgive me and restore me so that joy and hope may once again fill every inch of my being. This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Amen.