How To Walk In God's Forgiveness
Have you ever felt the shame that comes from a regretful decision? Have you ever felt the all-consuming guilt that causes you to isolate yourself? We’ve all been there, and we feel a sense of condemnation. It’s as if you feel like the finger is pointed at you, yet no one is surrounding you. That shame and guilt, it doesn’t come from God because God never points the finger, nor condemns you, and he isn’t interested in shaming you.
If you know God well, you would know that he isn’t cruel, and anything that makes him less than good is a misrepresentation of who He is and what He represents. God is a loving Father who gave his only son to connect with us and give us eternal life.
We Fall Short
Romans 3:23-24, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
God has not given us a license to sin. However, we are not to be enslaved by our sin. God has given us free will knowing that we are flawed and will have our shortcomings. And although we understand that God forgives us, we find that we have a difficult time forgiving ourselves. We all are aware that as human beings, we will make mistakes; we will hurt ourselves and hurt others. We will lie, cheat, mistreat, offend, judge, and criticize harshly both consciously and unconsciously. However, God's grace covers a multitude of sins. God's Divine grace is enough, but now it’s time you extend grace onto yourself. Be kind amid your process and don’t allow the enemy’s voice to overpower God’s voice within.
His Love is Greater
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s love for you is greater than any decision that you can make, good or bad. His love is boundless; it has no limits and no end. Imagine loving someone to such an extent that you give up the one person that is the most precious to you. Would you do it?
John 15:13, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
The scriptures tell us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend, and a few of us can do that. Yet, God gave his son at the drop of a dime because you are worth that much to him. So, no matter what you feel and how heavy the weight of shame rests on your shoulders, you are forgiven and loved beyond measure. And the love that God has toward you is greater than any mistake or sin that you can make against others and yourself.
Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Anything that is evil goes against the character of who God is and what he represents. Do you know God? Do you know who he is? The Bible advises us to meditate on the word of God both day and night. Why is this? Because it’s when we dwell in the word of God that we get to know the nature of God, and we discover that his greatest attribute is everlasting love. Everything that he does is out of love for his creation. So, live a practical faith and read the scriptures daily. Only then, can you connect to God and build an intimate relationship that will birth the fruits of His spirit.