I have heard people say that “God doesn’t love me or can’t accept me because I have committed so many sins in the past. I am a complete screw up. I’m destined for hell.” I absolutely despise hearing this, because it is a lie straight from the deceiver himself.
There is no reason that any of us need to feel this way. We are all just as guilty as the next. If you hear otherwise, you ought to start listening to a different messenger, because without grace we have nothing.
Regardless if you consider certain sins to be worse than others, every single human being falls short of God’s standard. We can start to tell ourselves, the choices I have made are unforgivable. The depth of my sin is so great that nothing could ever make up for it.
Do you ever feel that way? Are you grasping tightly onto something from your past that creates an overwhelming amount of guilt and even self inflicted punishment in order to try and make up for your own faults?
Does God Forgive All Sin?
God reminds us that we can never earn his favor on our own. We have ALL fallen short of the glory of God and there is only one perfect sacrifice that was ever made. His name is Jesus. He is the forgiver of all our sins. His grace is big…really big. The blood he shed covers over a multitude of sins. Scratch that, ALL sins. Even yours.
Regardless of what you’ve done or how bad you think things have gotten in your life, He is extending open arms of mercy to you. Nail pierced hands. Blood stained fingers. He desperately wants a relationship with you. You are more precious to Him than the stars in the sky. He knows and counts every hair on your head.
There is nothing that can separate you from God’s presence except for yourself. Remember it is a lie when you tell yourself God doesn’t love me. We choose whether or not to receive this forgiveness and start anew.
Christ did not die in vain; rather, He performed a single sacrifice once and for all that wipes out everything if we let it. Just like a wave towering overhead and swallowing everything in its path, so our sin can be cleansed away never to been seen again. I was reading a scripture the other night that inspired me to write this post. Our God is absolutely amazing. He is so loving and compassionate. He is ultimately in control.
God Chooses to Show Mercy
The Word says, “Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all” (NIV, Romans 11:30-32).
God literally allowed for each of us to fall victim to our own sins so that he can offer His grace in return. Another interpretation says that he “consigned” us over to our sin. We made the choice to turn our backs on Him. However, because God loves you and I, he calls us back so that His name can be glorified.
Therefore, don’t wallow in self pity and guilt because you have made some honest mistakes. Know that it was God’s will that you would slip and stumble for a season in order that he could offer His forgiveness. That’s awesome news! You can rejoice in knowing that your sins are completely forgiven. All you need to do is receive.