3. Receive God's Forgiveness
By remembering that we are His children called to a lifestyle of repentance, we are able to receive God’s forgiveness.
How am I Reconciled To God?
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
When preparing to confess, we often focus on confessing to other people but forget that our sin against others is first and foremost sin against God.
As believers in Christ, we are called to live a new life, putting off our old Adam ways and living for Christ:
But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Daily contrition is necessary for the child of God because we sin daily. Accordingly, we need the assurance of God’s love and forgiveness each day so that we can live our new life in Christ.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10
What does it mean when we confess?
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Living in forgiveness
We are forgiven!
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
But the temptations of our sinful flesh,
the world, and the devil can lead us to doubt this truth.
Our doubt is revealed:
when we lose sight of whose we are,
when we forget what God has done for us in Christ,
when we self-justify in order to make ourselves righteous.
According to 2 Peter 1:9, the cause of people not bearing good fruit is forgetting that their sins have been forgiven.
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Remembering and proclaiming God’s Forgiveness
Christ’s forgiveness heals our hurts and empowers us to die to sin and live to righteousness. When guilt or doubts threaten to take away your joy in Christ’s forgiveness, focus on God’s assurance for you.
Remembering that we are forgiven in Christ is the key to living as the children of God.
We remember Christ’s forgiveness as we read and hear God’s promise proclaimed to us from His Word. When we proclaim God’s forgiveness to others, we are simply sharing with them the gift that we have received.
Read the following Scripture verse aloud, inserting your name.
“[Name,] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, [Name,] you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
Now, read that same verse again, inserting someone else’s name in the verse.
With whom can you share this good news today?
Take a moment to journal your personal reflections from this section, “Receive God's Forgiveness.” Apply these questions to a conflict from your own life (current or past).
List one or two Bible references where God promises you His forgiveness because of the atoning work of Jesus. (If unable to recall, scroll back above through the lesson).
As God forgives you for Jesus’ sake, does He also forgive the sins committed against you by the other person? How do you know?
Write a prayer regarding this conflict:
Thank God for His love and forgiveness for both you and the other person.
Ask for God’s help in forgiving others as you have been forgiven.
Pray not only for yourself, but also for those with whom you have unresolved conflicts