If we understand that grace has been poured out on our lives and that we are forgiven by God, 24/7, then we will forgive everyone no matter what they have done to us.
Forgive means “to remit or send away our sins” – something the Bible says happened at the cross. You are forgiven whether you believe it or not, but it won’t do you any good unless you believe it.
Hebrews 10:17–18 (NLT) says, “Then he says, ‘I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.’ And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.”
Jesus didn’t die just for confessed and repented sins. He died for all sin. Again, it won’t do you any good if you don’t believe that. That is what happens at salvation. We know and believe that Jesus has forgiven us, but do you know that even after your salvation, you have already been forgiven for any sin that you might commit?
2 Corinthians 5:18–19 (NLT) says, “And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” God is not counting or making a list of your sins. You need to believe that though.
Catch the next blog to find out about “confessing sin”, mentioned in 1 John 1:9.