Why Would God Forgive Me?

In my ministry work, I am asked this question very often. And I hear from many people, seekers and believers, who say that God could not possibly forgive the things that they’ve done, followed by a shopping list of sins committed. They think this, because as sinful humans, we, of course, would not forgive many of the things that people have done.

In our daily lives, how easy is it to forgive AND forget? Have you ever forgiven someone, maybe a little grudgingly, because you know that you should? Or have you forgiven someone, but then the next time a similar situation occurs, you flash back to that original incident, thus proving that while you may indeed have forgiven, you have not forgotten?

One woman wrote to ask me about this:
“Years ago I became interested in witchcraft, but I was a believer in Jesus. I read books, collected little witchy trinkets, etc. I got away from it, never really believing in any of it, but now I feel as if I turned my back to God during that time. I have asked for forgiveness, but I feel as if I really messed up. Will God forgive me? It's almost as if Satan keeps lying to me because I keep feeling tremendous fear and doubt about being forgiven. I keep holding onto the story of the prodigal son as hope.”

Here is an excerpt from my response:
It's times like this when we are so blessed to have such a loving and forgiving God! Yes - if you repent from your heart, and ask forgiveness, then God absolutely does forgive you. And, more than that: in His eyes, He even forgets that you did it to begin with! Sounds too good to be true, right? Here's what the Bible says about that:

Jeremiah 31:34: "…For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Isaiah 43:25: "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."

Isaiah 44:22: "I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you."

1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

The love that our God has for us is so rich and deep. His forgiveness is immeasurable. May ours become the same.

(Susan Lockhart)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Why Does Everyone Need Forgiveness and a Savior? on September 17th, 2016 - Watch Sermon

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