Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lie No. 15: God Can't Forgive What I Have Done

While some people fall on the one end of the spectrum that we discussed yesterday, believing that their sin really isn't that bad, there are just as many who swing to the opposite side, believing that the sins they have committed in their lives are beyond God's ability to forgive.

"Though they know that God can forgive them, deep down they do not believe they are truly, fully forgiven. They find it difficult to accept God's mercy and forgiveness. They feel that in order to be restored into favor and fellowship with God there is something further they must do to atone for their sin; that they must do 'penance'; that perhaps they can be good enough to make up for the wrong they have done." p. 101

Just as it was true for yesterday's discussion, it is true for today's, that sin is sin, no matter what the form, and while we may see greater consequences here on earth, there is no distinction in God's eyes. Nothing is too great for God to forgive, and by believing otherwise, we minimize God to the lowly level of a human, attributing to him limitations and boundaries that He is so far beyond. When Christ died on the cross, he took on ALL of our sins, and when we believe that our sins are beyond the forgiving power of the cross, we belittle the sacrifice of our savior and the promises that He made to us.

No sin is too big or too small. Sin is sin. And our God is faithful to forgive ALL unrighteousness!

"Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you." Psalm 130:3-4

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