Today I want to remind you of a simple yet powerful truth that every child of God needs to be assured of. That is the power of God’s forgiveness in our lives. Far too many believers go through life un-assured of God’s forgiveness in their lives and as a result they lack the confidence needed to walk close with God. Many people feel condemned and live trapped by their past sins, sins that God tells us He will forgive us of when we turn to Him. As with anything we need from God, the assurance of it is found in the Word of God itself. So if we need forgiveness, we must find what God tell us in His Word about Him forgiving us. 1 John 1:9 says,” if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This means as a believer if we sin, we are to go to God and ask Him to forgive us of the sin in repentance, and His promise to us is He does.

Let’s look at another powerful portion of scripture revealing God’s provision of forgiveness in our lives. Psalms 103:2-3 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” Notice God call forgiveness of our sins a benefit He gives us freely because of His mercy and grace. Forgiveness is not something we earn or deserve but it is something we receive from God because of His love towards us. Psalms 103:8 tells us, “the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” The Word of God is to build faith and confidence in our hearts so that when we repent and ask God for the forgiveness of our sins we know He has done it. Then the reality of Psalms 103:10-12 comes alive to us which says, “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” Praise God, with forgiveness your past is no excuse to keep you from the future God has for you. God’s forgiveness allows us all to live free from our past sins and gives us the confidence to march forward into the bright future He has for each of us.

Pastor Chris Morgan