”He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve . . . He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:10, 12)
Many people are living under the bondage of their past sins and whenever something goes wrong, they believe it is as a consequence of their actions. While it is true that we reap whatever we sow, the word of God teaches that when we turn away from our wicked ways and embrace the fear of God, we can have restoration and a new opportunity to prove our obedience in our walk with God.
God always gives us what we need, not what we deserve. Psalm 103:10, 12 says, “He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve . . . He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west”.
Instead of giving us the punishment we deserve, Jesus Christ paid for all our sins and all our wrongs. I like that the Bible says, “as far as the east is from the west,” because there’s no end to east and west. There is a north pole, and there is a south pole. But there is no end from east to west. God has simply taken our sin and wiped it out!
Therefore, knowing God has forgiven you; you need to forgive yourself.
Many of the great people in the Bible had their moments of weakness, guilt and restoration. One of the most spectacular was King David; who committed adultery then to cover it up, had the woman’s husband murdered. Those are pretty big sins—murder and adultery. Did David deserve to be forgiven? No. Did David deserve mercy? No. But David knew that God is a good God, and so he asked for mercy. He prayed: “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2)
If you are struggling with a big sin right now, you need to go read all of Psalm 51. The entire psalm is based on who God is, not who you are.
Let me make this really clear: God forgives you not because you’re good but because He is good. He is a good God, and He has a good plan for you—even when you do everything to derail and destroy yourself big-time.
Just confess, repent and appropriate the righteousness of Jesus Christ over your life. Nothing can separate you from his love!
* What do believe you deserve to receive from God?
* Why is it so hard sometimes to forgive yourself? How can God’s grace and forgiveness affect your view of yourself?
* What does God expect of you to receive His forgiveness?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your mercy and love that finds me out and draws me back into a relationship with You. I confess my sins today and receive the freedom and righteousness in Christ upon myself. I am blessed beyond every reproach and shame in Jesus name. Amen
(C) Adeyemi Agbelusi