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Forgiveness is Final

Posted on: 7-15-112011

Have you ever sinned, repented and asked God’s forgiveness, and then been overcome with worry by the fact that you committed the sin in the first place? Do you ever wallow in your guilt, convinced that God may not forgive you this time? Are you ever concerned that you may have just gone one step farther than God’s forgiveness can reach?  I think if we’re honest, all of us in some way or another have been haunted by our sin.  We know that we did wrong, and we know that we confessed it before God and ask His forgiveness, but it still weighs heavily on our heart and mind.  I know that most of us have heard that this is just Satan lying to us and trying to convince us that God really doesn’t love us enough to forgive us this time…and I believe that is absolutely true! He is the father of lies, after all, and nothing would please him more than to make us doubt God.  However, about a year ago, I read a passage in a book that gave me new insight in this area.  The following is a quote from the book The Jesus Chronicles: Mark’s Story by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins…it is fictitious account of Paul speaking to Peter about God’s forgiveness:

“None of us is worthy, beloved friend,’ Paul said, wrapping his arm around the bigger man. ” But hear me.  You have acknowledged you were wrong, and you have repented.  To now wallow in your sin is to deny the forgiving power of the risen Christ you serve.”

When I read this, I was completely astounded!  When we don’t accept God’s forgiveness and move on, we are guilty of denying God’s forgiving power.  His Word is very clear…He’s perfectly willing and able to forgive us, no matter what! His grace and mercy reach much farther than anything we can even fathom.  We know the truth, but yet, we still doubt.  I have to wonder how many times Satan didn’t even have to bother lying to me to get me to doubt God because I was already doing a good enough job doubting Him all by myself.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

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