It’s True! I Forgive You!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
Most everyone has a “memory bank” of the wrongs committed against them. Your memory bank may include a bully kicking you around. A parent or teacher whose sharp comments felt like knives sinking into your heart. A boss who made fun of nearly all your efforts.
Of course, for every tormentor you remember (or may still be around), you probably inflicted damage on someone else. After a bully mistreated you, did you hurt someone smaller and shorter? Did you constantly talk back to your parents and scream insults at them when you didn’t get your own way? Did you put down your boss behind his (or her) back every chance you had?
Humans hurt each other with outbursts, unkind words, and thoughtless actions. It happens so often the idea of my unconditional forgiveness may be beyond your imagination. Yet this promise appears throughout My Word, and not just in 1 John 1:9.
My Son, Jesus taught constantly about forgiveness. One time He told people around Him, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37). Years later, a close follower of Jesus named Paul spoke about forgiveness. He said, “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” (Acts 13:38). In a letter Paul also referred to Jesus this way: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Forgiveness is my gift to you! Available freely through my grace. Forgiveness to set you free from the past. Forgiveness to help you deal with the mistakes that are part of life, regardless of your age. Forgiveness that is better than the latest fashions, mansions, toys, cars, or your favorite snack. It will never wear out, rust out, or expire after a certain date. I forgive. Just ask me.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1 — Read Hebrews 8:12.
2 — Talk to God about those who hurt you and those you hurt. Ask Him to forgive those who hurt you—and you for any hurt you may have caused.
3 — Read our Q & A on What Could God Possibly Do For Me.