WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FORGIVEN

THE NEED
No matter how good a person may be, we must admit that no one is totally free from doing,saying or thinking wrong things. And God agrees: “There is none who does good, no, not one. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:12,23). But God stands with open arms ready to completely forgive and receive all who come to Him confessing they have sinned against Him.

THE BASIS
In the Bible, God tells us that He can forgive us because His Son has already surffered and died as our Substitute: “In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgivess of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). Sinners do not gain forgiveness by begging or working. They are forgiven because Jesus died for them: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

THE MEANS
However, sinners are not automatically saved. If we do nothing about our sinful condition we will be lost forever. Forgiveness must be received by believing in Jesus, whose blood was shed for us: “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). How do we know? Because the Bible says so, and to doubt God’s Word is to call Him a liar (1 John 1:10). You don’t want to be guilty of that!
Suppose you owe a lot of money, and are unable to pay it. Hearing of your trouble, a friend pays your debt and gives you a receipt marked, “paid in full.” Wouldn’t you accept it? By the receipt. What assurance!

THE WAY
Jesus told a story about two men . The one who was self-righteous boasted about all his good deeds. He didn’t think he needed forgiveness. The other one was a sinner. He prayed, “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus said. “This man went down to his house justified rather than the other” (Luke 18:13-14).
The worst sin is refusing to admit that you are a sinner needing forgiveness. (1 John 1:9). Confess your sins and God will forgive you.

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