Faith has the power to forgive us our sins
Faith is one way that opens the door to God’s supernatural power of forgiveness. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:1,2 NIV). This verse declares that faith in God has the power to forgive sins. It also declares that Jesus has the authority to forgive sins. “But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Matthew 9:6a NIV).
Brokenness, Humility, Confession and Repentance is another way to be forgiven
“So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, “I’ll tell the LORD each one of my sins.” Then you forgave me and took away my guilt” (Psalm 32:5 Contemporary English Version).
In Psalm 51 King David acknowledges his sin through humility, a broken spirit, a contrite heart, confession and repentance. He asked God to cleanse and forgive him of his sin. “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only have I sinned and done evil in your sight” (Psalm 51:2-4a ESV). David gives us a clear picture on how true repentance works. “For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise” (Psalm 51:16,17 ESV). David is seeking grace, mercy and forgiveness. He is a broken man on his face crying out to God. He is using this Psalm to show us how to be forgiven. Forgiveness comes through a broken spirit, and a broken and contrite heart. God looks only at the heart of man and not on the superficial confession and repentance that is merely lip service. One way to forgiveness is to repent and turn to God. “Now Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away” (Acts 3:19 NLT). Do you think God forgave David, and do you think David’s heart and life was changed? David did not give God lip service, rather through humility, a heart that was sorrowful, remorse, contrite and broken. David humbled himself and repented. Read this Scripture and take heed to it. “If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray (confess), and seek my face, and turn (repent) from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJB). Parenthesis mine.
We are forgiven through the love and blood and grace of Jesus Christ
“For this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many” (Matthew 26:28 NLT).
Jesus died on the cross, taking the punishment that we deserve! In Him we have redemption and forgiveness through His love and blood and grace. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7 NIV). Also read Colossians 1:13,14.
Jesus permanently paid our debt by sacrificing His life on the cross, so we can be forgiven. You can’t earn forgiveness from God, nor can you pay for it. You can only receive forgiveness by faith, through the grace and mercy of God. Through prayer, brokenness, humility, confession and repentance through the blood of Jesus Christ.
If you refuse to forgive others your Heavenly Father will not forgive you
‘To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.’ C. S. Lewis
A child of God must be the example of God’s unconditional love to all. Forgiveness is to give grace to others as He has freely given it to you. ‘And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us;’ a portion of the Lord’s Prayer.
It cost God the sorrow, suffering, humiliation, sacrifice and death of His spotless and blameless Son so that we may be forgiven, so that we may also forgive. If you are a child of God He expects you to forgive others as He has forgiven you. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12 Berean Study Bible).
“For if you forgive their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours” (Matthew 6:15 Berean Study Bible).
This is a chilling statement coming from God. Don’t take it lightly. God is all holy and righteous and it cost Him His Son’s life for you and I to be forgiven when we didn’t deserve it. God expects His children to have the same compassion, grace and mercy towards those who have wronged them in the same way He forgave us. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:24 NIV).
Never attach to anything that disconnects you from God
Look at the list of wicked strongholds that are involved in unforgiveness and how many laws you must break that disconnect you from God. You must first judge the person who wronged you (Matthew 7:1-6). You now have unrighteous anger towards them and allow the sun to go down on it (Ephesians 4:26). You grow bitter towards the person and your heart hardens (Ephesians 4:31). Your unforgiveness turns into hate (Proverbs 10:12). So many strongholds. So many broken laws. If you sow unforgiveness you will reap unforgiveness from your Heavenly Father. It’s God’s law of ‘sowing and reaping.’ So do not be deceived, for God will not be mocked.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7 NKJV).
The bottom line lies in this verse. “Don’t repay evil with evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it” (1 Peter 3:9 NLT).
‘To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.’ Louis B. Smedes