God Says You Are Forgiven
“I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you.” (Isaiah 43:25 TEV)
Some of us, even though we’re believers, think that whenever we’re having problems, God is getting even with us, that he’s just trying to get back at us.
It’s like the guy who was driving up to a mountain lake. On the way up it starts snowing, so he gets out to put chains on his tires. While he’s doing this, another car comes along and slams into his car, and he watches in horror as his car goes over a cliff.
He continues up the mountain on foot in the snow and sleet, and he’s getting sick from the cold. Then, as he rounds a corner, he sees that his cabin has burned down. He cries out, asking, “Why me, God?” The heavens part, and a voice says, “Because some people just tick me off.”
Some of you may think that is the way God feels about you. You think that whenever you’ve got a problem, God is ticked off. But the Bible says, “I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you” (Isaiah 43:25 TEV).
God doesn’t hold a grudge. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. God doesn’t rehearse it; he releases it. He doesn’t rub it in. He rubs it out!
Talk It Over
- What do you think is the cause of the problems you’ve been blaming on God?
- Why do you think bad things happen to “good” people?
What are some of the characteristics of God that you have seen him display in your life?
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