If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
As believers in Christ, we’ll never be outside of God’s forgiveness.
Think about that for a minute…
There’s nothing we can do that God will not forgive us for—so long as we’ve trusted Jesus for our salvation.
That’s the key. Without Jesus, there is no forgiveness.
Instead, there’s a great gulf between God and us because no one is able to completely keep all tenets of the law that God gave to His people.
That’s the reason for Jesus. God the Father knew that man doesn’t have the ability to follow the law completely, keeping even the smallest detail without sinning. As we’re told in James 2:10:
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
It doesn’t matter if we tell a so-called “white lie,” or if we’ve killed someone, guilty is guilty.
However, the good news is that Jesus’ death and resurrection puts us right with God. God, being eternally just and good, couldn’t go back on the law He created, so He sent Jesus to fulfill the law.
Through His crucifixion and subsequent rise from the grave, Jesus became the first fruits of all of us who believe in Him. All we have to do is believe in the lordship of Jesus and that He died and rose from the grave to pay for our sins.
It’s that simple. Our works won’t get us into Heaven. Instead, our faith does.
So, going back to forgiveness…once we become followers of Jesus, we have God’s complete forgiveness no matter how badly we mess up. All we have to do is repent and confess our sins and we can be confident that we have God’s forgiveness.
How great is that!
So, if you haven’t trusted your eternal destiny to Jesus yet, that’s the first thing you need to do. Your life will never be the same afterward. Take a moment now to invite Jesus into your heart.
Then you can rest easy, knowing that there’s nothing standing between you and fellowship with God.
Of course, as followers of Christ, we should want to avoid sin. However, being human, we will invariably fall short. When we do, thanks to Jesus we can know with confidence that we have God’s forgiveness.
That should give each of us peace of mind!