“In whom (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Our God is rich in mercy. There’s no mistake too big for Him to forgive, there’s no sin so great that the blood of Jesus can’t cleanse. God’s forgiveness has nothing to do with how wrong what you did was, He’s chosen to forgive you anyway.
Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”. Even when you were deep in sin, God loved you. That’s the beauty of the Cross!
He opened up His arms to receive you, He accepted you into the Beloved and He called you by a new name. He isn’t ashamed of you anymore, He has you dear to His heart. Isn’t it amazing how a die-hard sinner would receive Christ Jesus into his heart and it doesn’t matter how bad and ugly he was in time past, God sees him as perfect, clean and new. That’s the beauty of the Cross!
Now as a new creature in Christ, God’s forgiveness is still available to you if you do wrong. 1 John 1:9 declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God doesn’t encourage you to sin (1 John 2:1-2), but He lets us know Jesus is your advocate so you don’t continue in sin.
It’s one thing to be able to receive forgiveness and another thing to be able to forgive; God is quick to forgive and He has imparted the same nature into every one of His children. Therefore, you have the ability not only to receive forgiveness, but to forgive.
“Is all this really true?” you ask, because you’re not sure whether you can do them. God says to you, “ My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
All you have to do is take Him at His Word, believe you have been forgiven owning to the finished work of Christ and you have been graced with the ability to forgive others. That’s the beauty of the Cross!
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