I think many of us sometimes feel trapped, weighed down by guilt, shame, remorse, regret, or maybe all of the above. Even though we know God is forgiving and loving, and even though we know Jesus died on the cross so our slates could be wiped clean, we still find ourselves thinking that we’re undeserving, unworthy. In all reality, we really don’t deserve God’s abundant grace and mercy. But He gives it to us regardless because we are His children who He desires to have a relationship with.
The sad thing is that we sometimes feel like we’ve lost all our chances although this is far from truth.
Jesus doesn’t just forgive us our sins. He erases them. Like the cookies on your computer. You can’t undo erasing them. You can’t bring them back after all has been said and done. They’re gone for good.
Despite our depravity and sinful flesh, we are forgiven again and again when Jesus is our Lord and Savior. This doesn’t mean that he forgives but doesn’t forget. This doesn’t mean he holds things against us or keep a list of all of our wrongdoings. Because the Word says we are made clean and we are made new, that’s exactly what we are.
Satan can try to catch us in his web of lies, tricking us into thinking that we’ve messed up too many times for redemption to be possible. But at the end of the day, God is still God. He always welcomes us back with loving arms, like the father of the prodigal son.
We can’t do anything to earn or deserve His grace and love. What we can do is accept His grace and love. We can accept the truth as what it is, and stop believing these doubts filling our mind.
We are loved. We are forgiven. We are redeemed.
And now it’s time to step out of this hole into new light.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-15)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)