“If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.” (Psalms 130:3-4, NKJV)
“…forgiveness is not a blessing to be taken lightly, for it cost God His Son; therefore, we ought to love and fear God. If you take seriously the guilt of sin, you will take seriously the grace of forgiveness. Salvation is a serious and costly transaction.” – Warren Wiersbe
“The doctrine here is the doctrine of John: ‘If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.’ ‘Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord hath spoken!’ Jesus has died for our sins; therefore God can be just, and yet the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus.” – Adam Clarke
Forgiveness, true and real forgiveness, only exists in Christ. You see, God is the only being capable of truly forgiving sin and remembering it no more. As much as we love our spouse, we are reminded of the hurts of the past, thought we have forgiven them. Fanny Crosby, the great hymn writer who was blinded as a child, was reminded of someone who have sinned against her. Asked is she remembered the incident, she replied, “I remember that I have forgiven them.” There will always be a reminder of the sins others have committed against us in the past and, like Fanny Crosby, I pray that my remembrance would be that I have forgiven them.
Yet, not so with God. For those who have sought His forgiveness, the Bible records many responses like these:
“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34, NKJV)
“You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19, NKJV)
“As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:12, NKJV)
“…For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.” (Isaiah 38:17, NKJV)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NKJV)
All believers struggle with sin after coming to Christ. It is a fact. We don’t want to, but we do. And as a result, we condemn ourselves and the enemy of our faith seeks to condemn us as well. However, read 1 John 1:9 again and ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. Who is John writing to?
2. What is the amount of forgiveness promised regarding sin?
Truth is, John is writing to Christians. And the promise of forgiveness is for ALL sin. When Jesus died for our sins, which one’s did He die for? ALL of them. Now, that is not a license to sin, but a glorious promise for all of us who struggle with wanting to do the right thing, but too often end up doing the wrong thing.
“But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared (reverenced).” Stand in awe at the forgiveness our Awesome God bestows on those who seek Him.
Think about it…