But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. - 1 John 1:9 NLT
Guilt, hurt, shame, condemnation, and embarrassment are some of the feelings that we may feel when we sin, or act against God.
Even as Christians, we can sometimes carry the heavy burden of the feeling of condemnation when we do something wrong. But our Heavenly Father does not want us walking around carrying the burdens of our sins. He wants us to confess them to Him so that He can forgive us. Our Heavenly Father wants to forgive us.
Our Heavenly Father knows each and every one of our hearts. The key to remember is that we are humans. We were born into a sinful world as sinners. We will continue to make mistakes, which is why we need Jesus.
So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. - Romans 17-19 ESV
This does not mean that we get a free pass to behave any way we want to behave. It is still our responsibility to try and live a righteous life and be Christlike. When we do make mistakes and sin, it our responsibility to take it to our Father in prayer, by repenting (turning away from that sin) and asking for forgiveness.
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. - Acts 3:19 NLT
The great thing about God is that He truly loves us. When God forgives us, he does not hold any of our sins against us.
I can remember being in a toxic relationship with this guy. Although this guy said he forgave me, he would not let go of any mistakes that I made. Every time this guy would get mad at me, he would bring up every little mistake he could think of that I made throughout the relationship. This guy would yell at me and call me names to associate me with all the mistakes that I made in our relationship. This would occur just about every few days. Can you imagine how this made me feel? This made me consistently feel shameful, embarrassed, guilty, hurt, and full of condemnation.
Forgiveness from our Heavenly Father is not like that that. Once we repent and ask for forgiveness, He remembers our sins no more.
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
- Psalm 103:12 NLT
Dear sisters, our Heavenly Father loves us so much. He is always there with open arms, no matter how many times we mess up.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
- Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
Every day we are given a chance start over and get it right. Our Heavenly Father shows us a type of forgiveness unlike any man can ever show us.
1. Take a moment and think about any sins that currently have you feeling any guilt, shame, embarrassment, or condemnation.
2. Write down those sins on a piece of paper.
3. After you pray the prayer below, tear up the piece of paper and throw it away. Remember God remembers those sins no more. So neither should you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercies, that they are new every morning. Father, we ask that You forgive us for our sins. We ask that You help us, that You continue to guide us so that we can walk in Your will. Father, we will continue to pray and ask forgiveness daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.