Theres no way GOD could forgive me?

God Really Forgive Someone Like Me?The Bible promises that if we confess our sins, God will forgive us but even when we are familiar with the Bible we can still get confused and lose hope. This article was written because I wanted people to have a very strong sense of hope. Sin is a very negative thing, the Bible says that, “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). That tells me that sin is not a good thing and that we need to get it out of our lives. The most negative effect of sin is that it harms your relationship with God, so to have a good relationship with God we need to avoid sin. However, Christians do have battles with sin; it is part of the Christian life, even Paul (an apostle who wrote parts of the Bible) had his struggles but the important thing is not to throw up the white flag and surrender to sin and let it rule our lives. We need to be continually turning back to God and seeking to be close to Him. But to do that, we need hope, so let’s take a look at the powerful hope that we can be forgiven that is found in the Bible.

If you are tormented by questions like “How can God forgive me after all the things I’ve done?” Then the answer is not because you deserve his forgiveness, no one deserves to be forgiven because we have all failed to do the right things at some time in our life. (Rom 3:23). The only hope that we have of forgiveness is something that Christians call grace, and grace means underserved kindness or favour.
So how can God forgive someone like you? By trusting only in what Jesus has done by dying for us on the cross, asking him to forgive you and come into your life and change you. In this article I want to talk about some misconceptions that make people believe that God could not forgive them. However, before you read this article, you might like to read two other articles on this website that lay foundations that this article builds on. The article “How do I become a Christian?” explains how we can receive God’s forgiveness. The other article is called “Does God love me?” and its theme is that God loves you no matter who you are or what you have done and you can know his love by asking him to reveal his love to you, by giving your life to God and allowing other Christians to help you to grow as a Christian.

The Bible says a lot of encouraging things that give us confidence that God is on our side and that he is willing to completely forgive us if we will trust what Jesus has done on our behalf and receive him into our lives.

Romans 8:31-32 What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? (NLT)

Romans 10:13 For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NLT)

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. (NLT)

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)

Hebrews 13:5  … For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.”

We might hear scriptures like those ones repeated many times but somehow still manage to get the idea that they are not meant for us, so lets look at some of the issues that will cause Christians to doubt that they are saved.

I Have Sinned Too Much

Some people think there is a limit to God’s forgiveness and that his forgiveness is temporary. Here is what the Bible says.

Psalms 103:11-13  For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. (NKVJ)

The word “transgression” is another word for sin, which simply means to disobey God’s rules.

Isaiah 43:25  “I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. (NLT)

Isaiah 1:18  “Come now, let us argue this out,” says the LORD. “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool. (NLT)

Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners  (NLT)

So God does not wait until we are perfect before he will forgive us.
To show how great his forgiveness can be, God reached out to a man named Saul, Saul was someone who hated Christians and wanted them all locked up or dead. But God turned Saul into Paul the Apostle. Paul was a leader of the early Church and was responsible for starting many of the first churches and for writing many of the books in the New Testament part of the Bible. Even if you have committed murder, God can forgive you. In fact I have heard of people who used to worship Satan leaving the occult and becoming Christians. See Ed’s Story.
If you are worried that you might have sold your soul to Satan then I’ve got good news for you and it is summed up in the word “redemption”. The word redemption means, “to buy back”. It’s like going to a pawnbroker and buying back something you hocked. When Jesus died on the cross he redeemed us; body, soul and spirit. Any contract you make with Satan is torn up when Jesus buys you back and because Jesus’ death is for all time, he could do that even before you were born.

1 Peter 1:18:19  knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (NKJV)

Condemnation vs. Conviction

The words “condemnation” and “conviction” might not sound too familiar to some readers, so here is a quick definition of those words from a Christian point of view.
To be condemned is to be made to feel guilty in a way that leaves you without hope. To be convicted is to be gently made aware that there is something in your life that needs to change. 
The first thing you need to learn is the difference between the voice of God drawing you away from sin and back towards God and the voice of Satan telling you that you are hopeless, that you are worthless and that you would be doing everyone a favour if you just gave up.
The Holy Spirit is God and God is love. You are valuable to God; Jesus went through unimaginable agony just on the physical level alone because you are valuable to him. Any voice that tells you that you are worthless is contradicting God’s word (the Bible) and God does not contradict his own word. The voice of condemnation pulls you away from God. The Holy Spirit will draw your attention to sin and do so in a way that is not a personal attack on your value as a person. The Holy Spirit will urge you to come back to Jesus and turn away from sin. He will do it in a loving and gentle way. It is important to recognise the voices and listen to and respond to the Holy Spirit and reject the voice that tells you to give up.

James 4:7-8 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (NKJV)

2 Responses to “Theres no way GOD could forgive me?”

  1. Great explanation. I especially appreciate your section on condemnation vs conviction. What a blessing!

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