Here’s another post from my book Prayer A to Z.
1. His forgiveness is rooted in His unconditional love. Though God does not always forgive everyone—He forgives only those who will repent of their sins—He does love everyone unconditionally. And that unconditional love is what draws sinners to repent so that He can forgive them. Thus, forgiveness is always contingent on repentance; but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t always love us. He has always loved us and He always will, because that is His nature; God is love; it comes out of His own righteous and merciful character (Titus 3:4). God loves the whole world and He desires all to repent so that He can forgive them (2 Pet. 3:9).
2. His forgiveness was costly for Him. God purchased our forgiveness by the blood of His own son Jesus. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. This word “redemption” conveys to us the idea that there was a ransom paid; He paid the necessary ransom to obtain our release from the penalty and the slavery of sin. That ransom payment was His own life, paid to God to satisfy His justice (Rom. 3:24, 25). Thus, as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “He [God] made Him [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Just think how great a price He paid. He took all of our sins upon himself; He died a cruel death for sins that we committed—so that we would be free and forgiven!
3. His forgiveness is free for us. Though God’s forgiveness was extremely costly for Jesus, it is a free gift for us. It was purchased by His own blood and given to us freely—“according to the riches of His grace” (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7). We don’t deserve His forgiveness, nor can we do anything to earn it. All we must do is come to Him with a repentant heart and He will freely pardon and cleanse us of all our sins.
4. His forgiveness is complete. When God forgives us of our sins His forgiveness is absolutely complete. There is no sin or the guilt of sin left at all. Listen to these verses and you will see what I mean: Psalms 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Micah 7:19 – “You will cast our sins into the depths of the sea.” Isaiah 43:25 – “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” So we see that when He forgives us of sin He removes our sins; He casts them out; He blots them out; and He remembers them no more.
Perhaps the greatest assurance we have for our forgiveness is the fact that through our redemption we are justified, which means that He has declared us righteous. Romans 3:24 says, “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” What a wonderful verse! Do you feel the peace, the freedom that comes from that verse? Have you experienced His wonderful mercy and love? Yes, His forgiveness is complete. We are completely forgiven and free forever from sin and guilt!
5. His forgiveness is continual. As pertaining to our eternal salvation, our redemption and forgiveness of sins is complete and final (Eph. 1:7); that is, He has brought us into His kingdom of light; we have been adopted into His family; and we are going to heaven.
But, in the matter of our fellowship, to remain in fellowship we need to ask for forgiveness constantly—because we sin constantly. In this we can be assured that whenever we sin we can confess our sins and He will always forgive us. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Here the phrase “if we confess our sin” means that whenever we sin we can confess our sins. Also, the phrase “He is faithful” indicates that as many times as we sin and confess those sins, He will always forgive us and cleanse us.
Don’t ever think that God gets tired of listening to our confessions and that He may not always want to forgive us. No, no! God longs to hear our confessions, because He wants to forgive us and cleanse us. It’s what He died for. Confess your sins over and over again as many times as you sin, and He will be so happy to forgive you.