Real forgiveness

March 22nd, 2007

Have you ever experienced doing something wrong to someone and then carrying the weight of knowing you have wronged them? Sometimes we can carry the burden around until we actually talk to them and apologise. Once the apology has been made and you are forgiven, you feel a sense of forgiveness and your relationship is restored. It is like a huge burden is lifted.

This is how I felt when I became a Christian. I apologised to God for all the wrong things I had done in my life. Things I had done to others and things that I had done wrong in God’s eyes. The moment I apologised and asked God’s forgiveness I felt a gigantic load had been lifted off my shoulders. For the first time in my life I felt free – really, really free.

Confession for me is an ongoing thing. I don’t go and sit in a room with a Priest. I just go to a quiet place and talk with God. I tell Him the things I have done and I apologise…just like I was apologising to anyone else. Each time I feel His forgiveness and I am ready to go again.

The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God promises that no matter we have done, that He WILL forgive us.

How about you? Have you got things you have done that you want to confess to God? Confessing your sins to God brings restoration of relationship, just like it does with anyone else you have wronged.

If you would like to confess your sins to God, you can do so by praying this short prayer now…

Dear God,
I am sorry for the wrong things I have done in my life. Please forgive me and cleanse me from my sin. Thank You that the Bible says Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. I now ask You Jesus to come into my heart and life. Please help me to live for you.
Amen