Forgiveness: A Sinner’s Request
How do we become forgiven of sins we have committed?
Being forgiven is humbling yet powerful. When you confess to the Lord that you have sinned and you repent then you are forgiven.
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
However, this is not a license to continue to sin. We have to turn away from it and try to never repeat that sin. To fall short of the mark is one definition of sin. Let’s look at some examples of forgiveness in the Bible.
Take for instance King David. He and his family were to rule over God's own chosen people he was a man after God's own heart.
Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
David sinned and had to repent and ask for forgiveness. What did he do that he had to repent of?
King David saw the wife of Uriah from the roof of his house and sent for her.
2Sam.11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
David sent Uriah to the front lines of the war to die. And when Bathsheba found out about his death she mourned and after the period of mourning was over David sent for her and brought her to his house and she became his wife.
This was evil in the site of the Lord.(2 Sam 11:26; 12:1-15).
Nathan came and told David about the rich man and the poor man and when the story was told King David was angry and wanted that man punished. Then Nathan rebuked him and said to David you are the man in the story. Then David said in 2 Sam 12:13, “I have sinned against the Lord."
Nathan then remarks "the Lord has taken away your sin and you shall not die."
David was forgiven.
Another example of forgiveness is the story of Saul who became Paul.
Saul murdered and put in prison many Christians before his conversion.
Acts 8:3- As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Ac 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
He did all of this and more but was forgiven. WE all sin and fall short. The beauty of it all is that WE are forgiven if we are convicted of our sins and repent of them.
Anytime we feel unworthy and in sin all we have to do is give it all up to the Lord and surrender to him letting go all of our anxieties and ask for forgiveness. Our God he cares for us.
The one thing we have to remember is to not use forgiveness as a permission statement to continue in sin. God sent his only son to die for us for what……So that we may be forgiven.