1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We all have a past, each of us have something that keeps us from the perfection it takes to enter God’s kingdom. Romans 3:23 reminding us that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We are all in the same boat. We all need a Savior, we all need forgiveness, we all need His grace, we all need His mercy, we all need Jesus.
I think it is only natural that we carry some of these sins throughout our lives, but should we? I am not sure what burdens you are carrying today, maybe a poor decision made well before Christ came into your life, maybe something that happened this morning, maybe something as significant as murder, maybe something as minimal as a white lie. The awesome thing about God’s forgiveness is that it does not come with limits. We do not see the Scripture say if we confess anything other than theft, we do not see it say if we confess anything other than murder, it says if we confess our sins, plural. Thankfully, it also does not say that we are only forgiven once. He is faithful to forgive us of our sins over and over again.
What happens once God forgives us of our sins? We are cleansed from all unrighteousness. Everything that would have left us unclean in front of God has been washed clean because of the price Jesus paid. Romans 5:9 going as far as to say we have been justified by His blood and saved from wrath through Him. What an amazing promise!
So, that burden you are carrying, carry it no longer. Move forward in repentance and thankfulness for the price the Lord has paid for it. You have been forgiven, your slate is now clean, there is no reason to carry the past with you any longer. If there is a sin you are holding onto, confess it to the Lord, seek forgiveness, and accept that grace He has extended.
There is great freedom in the forgiveness the Lord has for us. It is important to remember this. No matter the size of the sin, the price has been paid for those who seek forgiveness through faith.
We can live with the burden of sin, it can tear us apart, but it does not have to! We have been forgiven of our sinful past, we are forgiven of the present transgressions, He is faithful to those who confess. As great as that forgiveness feels, we must also remember that we are to forgive each other as well. Colossians 3:13 reminds us… (13) bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Acts 3:19 (NKJV)
19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,