Forgiven totally

'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us.' 1 John 1:9 NIV

We're human, so we make mistakes. We see this throughout the Bible. Samson got too close to the wrong woman (see Judges 16); Jonah tried to run from the assignment God gave him (see Jonah 1:3); Peter denied Jesus (see Matthew 26:34). Yet God forgave them and used each of them for his glory. He can do that with us too. We can be tempted to write ourselves off when we mess up. But God's forgiveness wipes the slate clean for a fresh start. The Bible says, 'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness' (1 John 1:9 NIV).

But, even though we're forgiven, our emotions can take a while to catch up. We can still feel shame, guilt or self-pity. And if we follow how we feel, rather than the truth that we're forgiven by God, we won't move forward, or get back onto God's path for us. When we feel like that, we need to repeat this truth: 'I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more' (Isaiah 43:25 NIV).

Before Jesus took our sin and shame away when he died for us, people paid for their sins by making a sacrifice. Jesus' death was the ultimate sacrifice; now we can directly approach God when we've messed up and he promises to forgive us.

So what now? Listen to 'Forgiven' by Crowder. As you listen, thank God for his forgiveness and grace towards you.

Soulfood: Heb 9:1 - 11:16, Mark 10:35-52, Ps 97, Pro 12:1-3

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