Dealing with Guilt Part – 2

1John1:9 —–If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When I was brought to the retreat I had lost my mind and reasoning. Later I went for confession that lasted for almost 2 to 3 hours. I was crying throughout that time. After confession I was nervously awaiting the punishment and penance from the priest. But the priest blessed me and said, ‘Go in peace the Lord has blessed you’. I was free and at peace and full of joy …………. everything I had done had been cancelled, God remembered it no more, He loved me!

I could not physically see that I was forgiven.  The only thing I did was to trust and believe God and His Word.

So how are we forgiven? God does not simply overlook our sin and say, “You’re forgiven.” God sees our sin but is ready to forgive us because Jesus fully took OURsin on Himself and paid for our sin by His death on the cross. Our sin is serious and it cost Jesus incredible suffering. But from the moment we received Christ into our lives, His forgiveness is ours. We can’t ever make up for our own sin or suffer enough for it  —– nor does God want us to.

Romans 5:8 —– But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Despite knowing God’s love for us do we still feel guilty? It is because we have not fully understood the forgiveness of God? Or is it because, we are used to the human way of forgiveness which demands to see change before forgiving. We like to see changes before we can forgive but unlike us, God forgiveness is immediate, it is free, and it is a gift from God. The moment we speak to him and acknowledge our sin it is complete.

1 John 1:9 —– If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God is able to forgive our sins because Jesus paid the price for our sins in full when He said, “It is finished.”

St. Paul committed a great deal of mistakes, and persecuted the Church. Paul’s persecutions probably involved travelling from synagogue to synagogue and urging the punishment of Jews who accepted Jesus as the messiah. Disobedient members of synagogues were probably punished by some form of ostracism or by light flogging. And Paul encouraged all this. But after experiencing the love of God, He changed and started to serve God with all his love. He asked and received forgiveness from God for all the atrocities he had committed. He knew that God had forgiven him completely.

Acts23:1 —- Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”

He knew that God did not remember his past! If Paul can say that, so can we.

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

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