Forgiven

God’s grace is greater than our sin.  As the song by Matthew West goes,

There’s a war between guilt and grace,
And they’re fighting for a sacred space
But I’m living proof
Grace wins every time

Anyone who is a believer in Jesus can rest assure that they have been forgiven, that His grace is sufficient. Past sins, no matter how great or small, if they ask for forgiveness have been. Just because we’ve been forgiven though doesn’t always mean we have forgotten- and the enemy sometimes uses our past transgressions to remind us and try and convince us there’s no way God can forgive us for ‘that’ one.

Each of us has at least one past sin which we can’t forget, even if we’ve asked forgiveness for. Or maybe you haven’t asked because you believe it can never be forgiven. Goodness knows you’ve never been able to forget it, so how would God ever forget even if by some chance He forgives.

Jesus shed His blood for you and whatever is in your past. The Bible tells us that “ But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

I’ve gone through much of my life believing I was too unlovable. I have gone through a lot of depression, and self-loathing for much of my life, and one has a hard time believing they are worth saving. If you’re human, you have sinned, but Jesus’s blood has not only covered your sin, He’s made you white as snow if you ask.

Maybe like me, you’ve always had a poor self-image, and figured you’re just not good enough. Let’s share some more of His Word to see how much God loves you.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The Creator of the universe and everything in it offered himself as a sacrifice because he loves us; ALL of us.

While I used to think the Bible heroes were pretty special, and yes, perfect, I learned that no one is perfect, and looked more critically at some of those whom the Bible describes as knowing God, being after God’s own heart. These sound like pretty high standards to judge ourselves by, yet these men- I am talking about Moses and David, committed murder, and in David’s case, adultery and pre meditated murder. There was a woman in Jesus’ earthly family lineage who was a prostitute, yet she saved the lives of two Israelis which God rewarded by saving her life and those of her family.

These three people knew the Lord is God, and God knew them. He knew their deeds, good and bad, and He knew their hearts. He knew them in ways we can never know. He also knows us in ways we can’t imagine. You and I can be not only be saved, but also be used by the Lord to do great and mighty things..

Jesus knows all of our deeds. Just as Moses, Rahab, David and others, Jesus knows our hearts and our sins. But He is bidding us to come as we are! He loves us, is calling to us. He doesn’t look at past sins with hatred for us; He looks at us lost sinners and longs to give us refuge and rest, love and comfort- and most of all, freedom from our sins. His grace is sufficient for all… every last sin in your past even when you can’t forget it.

No sin is too big for Jesus, who forgave the very ones who nailed Him to the cross. He adores you.