But as a Christian, I believe that God has forgiven me of all my sins – past, present, and future. He did this free of charge to me.
I didn’t have to do anything to deserve it. All I had to do was trust in who he is and what he did for me, which was live the life I couldn’t live and die the death I should have died.
So why is it so hard to believe this and live in a way that reflects that belief?
Here are just a few reasons that come to mind.
Reasons why it’s hard to believe
- Memories of all the sins we have committed keep us from living in the victory that Jesus has already given us.
- It’s hard for us to really accept something that didn’t cost us something.
- It’s hard for us to relate to God in a way that we don’t understand (i.e. we don’t forgive easily).
You better believe it
The solution to this problem that I keep coming back to is that you need to pay attention to where you focus your attention.
If you focus your attention on how bad or good you are you will always come back empty-handed.
On the other hand, if you focus your attention on Christ, you understand that it’s not about your badness but His Goodness.
If you focus on Him, you will always find a God who forgives all, loves through all, and has done what he knew you could never do…pay a sin debt you could never repay and give you Grace you never deserved.
Keep your eyes on Christ
The Gospel always points you to Christ, while a works-based religion always points you …well…to yourself.
So, does God really forgive you of all my sins?…YES! And He does it because his anger toward sin is fully satisfied in what His son Jesus did when He gave his life in your place on the cross.
So for those who trust and believe in Christ, God no longer sees heir sins and failures, instead, He sees His son and He is pleased!