Resting in Sweet Forgiveness

Have you ever thought, “Am I actually forgiven”?  Has forgiveness been an aloof concept that we just can’t seem to get our hands on?    In the scheme of our lives, most of us have done something that didn’t quite jive with God.  Whether through hurting someone with our words or deeds-intentionally or unintentionally.  Or some act that has affected our own lives.

 Our heart’s deed flashes before our consciousness and there it is! 

Heart Conviction.

Confession seems right for the soul.

“Lord, I confess.  Please forgive.”

For 20 years, I sat in the dark abyss of uncertain forgiveness. This was a place that gnawed at my very spirit.  It seemed that everything that went wrong in life pointed to that moment where I had failed God.  What a way to live.  No freedom.  I didn’t recognize this as the voice of condemnation from the enemy of souls.  If I had only been hearing and seeing past my own self, I would have seen and heard the voice of God calling me by name and telling me that I am redeemed.

The foundation of forgiveness is found in 1 John 1:9.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The simple yet elaborate “pardon plan” is consistent with the abundance of overflowing grace.  This was a design that only the sovereign God could devise. 

There you go!  Here is the plan!

I need you to get this!

Redemption.  Sweet deliverance and liberation through His precious blood.  The old rugged cross placed as a way of undeserving pardon.  A fountain that opens up, cleanses and refreshes the pleading soul each time you and I come before God in confession and asking for pardon. 

Yes, forgiveness is within our reach.  “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”  Ephesians 1:7.

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