One of Paul’s letters that we don’t read as much, is his letters to the believers in Galatia. Just like today, there were men who were teaching things that were disturbing the True Faith, they had been taught.
“I am amazed that you have so quickly transferred your allegiance from him who called you in the grace of Christ to another “Gospel“! Not, of course, that it is or ever could be another Gospel, but there are obviously men who are upsetting your faith with a travesty of the Gospel of Christ.
“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law” (Galatians 1:6-7; 2:16).
Recently I have been dealing with the issue of guilt and how we need to “get over it,” and receive our Lord’s forgiveness. But I believe the majority of believers realize we can come humbly present ourselves to the throne of our Father with our burden of sin and pray, “Lord, forgive me. I’m sorry — I repent.” We leave his throne room, seemingly assured we really are forgiven.
Yet too often many believers still can’t get free of their guilt. They keep replaying those past sins and failures and fall back into condemnation and guilt. Then they go to the Lord and start confessing the same sins over and again as if the first heartfelt confession didn’t take. With all the feelings and tears they can muster, they cry, “Lord, I’m so very sorry! Please forgive me.”
Many believers can’t believe they are truly forgiven because their sin was so hideous, so awful, a sin against so much light. They can’t accept His forgiveness. As a result, they live with constant guilt and frustration. Unable to live a victorious life,
This kind of “sorry,” demeans the grace and mercy of Christ. They don’t feel forgiven, so they must not be. It’s putting trust in a fleshly frame of mind rather than the finished work of Christ’s cleansing blood. The first time you said, “I’m sorry, Lord — I repent. I believe in the power of Christ’s blood to cleanse me” — you were wholly, immediately forgiven. Your sins were cast into the depths of the sea, never to be reminded of them again.
God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.
You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
It is time to start trusting the Lord’s total victory of the Cross and not our own measure of sorrow. It’s time to quit looking back and start to glory and rest in unmerited forgiveness. Sure there is no reason for you to be forgiven—except for the shed blood of Jesus. That’s the only reason forgiveness is available to you. Yehoveh delights in his children and He is not mad at you.
Like David, our sinful past should humble us and create in us contriteness. David’s sin was always before his eyes, but his soul rested in God’s mercy and tender loving kindness: “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:1–2).
Father, with a broken and contrite heart I have repented and I know I was forgiven, all my sins were covered. You no longer count my sins against me (Romans 8:1). When I kept silent, Lord, my bones wasted away. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped just like in the heat of summer. But Father, I acknowledged my sin to you and I didn’t cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—and amazingly, you forgave the guilt of my sin. So I announce to everyone who is godly to pray to you while you can be found; I know when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach me. (Psalm 32:3-6)
I will no longer live according to my old sinful nature because I won’t focus my thoughts on nature desires; but I will live in accordance with the Spirit and have my thoughts set on what the Spirit desires (Romans 8:5).
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. You have instructed me and taught me in the way I should go and watch over me. Your unfailing love surrounds anyone who trusts in him. I will rejoice and be glad, I will sing and exalt in your love! (Psalm 32:7-8, 10-11)
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