How Can God Ever Forgive Me?
Can God Forgive My Sins? The Answer is Yes. Any Sin Can Be Forgiven
Jesus says in Mt.12:31, “Any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people.” By His death and resurrection he took the punishment for all our sins, past, present and future. The work He did was fully sufficient for God to see us as holy and blameless in His sight through Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “You were His enemies separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Now he has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault,” (Col.1:21,22).
Reconciled With God
God made it possible for us to be reconciled to Him. It is impossible for sin to come into God’s presence. When we believe in Jesus Christ: who He was, what He did, and choose to turn away from our sinful life and follow Him. Living by His word and His commandments, then we are cleansed and made holy (without sin) in the sight of God.
Paul writes, “For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith, and that is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8). Jesus says that we are dead in our sins until we come to Him and ask forgiveness in His name and seek to turn away from sin.
Jesus promises, “For this is the will of My Father; that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40). But Jesus also warns, “Whoever rejects the Son will not see life for God’s wrath remains on them,” (John 3:36).
Believing in Jesus is the attitude we need to have. The word believing in the original Greek translates: to place confidence in, to trust, to rely on Jesus, not just because of what others have said, but because of what our heart tells us. Through believing we build a relationship with Him. It is this relationship that is important.
We cannot just pay lip service to Jesus, saying we believe, think that’s okay and not allow the Holy Spirit to change our lives. There has to be action on our part, by our will: to live our life for Him, to follow Him. We need to be willing to allow Jesus, in the power of His Holy Spirit, to take control of our life.
Someone once wrote, “Jesus has called us into a relationship with Him, not just a decision to believe in Him.”
Believing is important for salvation, for the Bible says in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Our relationship is important for our growth as a Christian, something we develop over time, as in any relationship.
Spiritual growth is gained by spending time with Jesus on a daily basis. When we ask Jesus into our life, the power of His Spirit works to regenerate us, we begin to see a renewing: the sign of spiritual growth.
Our Lives Will Change
The fruit of being a Christian, and receiving God’s total forgiveness for all our sins, is a regenerate heart. There will be a change in our life, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit make their home within us. Bringing an assurance that we are truly forgiven, that we have a guarantee of spending eternity in heaven. Being a Christian is not just about believing, it is also about all that happens through that belief.