God Will Forgive

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How quick we are to believe God won't forgive us, especially when the Bible is so full of promises to the contrary. The truth is, no matter how often we fail, God will forgive – not because of us, but because of Jesus.

If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O LORD, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. (Psalm 130:3-4)

We would be surprised if there were never a time in your life when you had doubted whether God would forgive you or not. Perhaps you felt you had let Him down badly, or fallen into some sin you thought you were free of, or sinned in some way that you never imagined you were capable of. At such times, the devil’s whispers are never far away; and the whispers are always the same: God will not forgive you now!

How quick we are to believe this lie, especially when the Bible is so full of promises to the contrary. The truth is, no matter how often we fail, God will forgive – not because of you, but because of Jesus. For the effectiveness of His sacrifice on the cross is so great that there is no limit to how far, or how often, or how deep it can reach out to cleanse. The power of His blood to cleanse us is always greater than the power of our sin to stain us!

King David certainly grasped this. Even with all his experience of God, he still failed him in so many ways. But even after his dreadful act of adultery with Bathsheba, he knew there was still a way back, as he cried out to God, "Cleanse me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7).

The devil may try to convince us that our particular sin is unforgivable or that we have done it once too often; or our conscience may accuse us and tell us that God will never forgive us now. But it is at such times that we need to stand on the sure promises of God’s Word. It is time to believe God’s truth, and not the accuser’s lies!

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry for ever but delight to show mercy. (Micah 7:18)

Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont

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