How can God love us after all the wrong we have done? Does He really forgive us? What if we do something else we shouldn’t be doing: think the wrong thing, say the wrong words or make the wrong decisions? Is the love of God truly unconditional? We have pondered many of these questions. We grasp the answers to the extent we rest in the Lord.
God does not forgive us because we are suddenly good. He doesn’t love us based on our getting things right. He forgives us because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. God so loved us He gave us His only begotten son to redeem us from our sin. We are totally forgiven and free as a result of what Jesus has accomplished. As we believe this truth we walk in newness of life. When we have been forgiven of much, we love much. Love we express to God in return empowers us to walk in our divine identity. The conviction that comes when we fall short draws us closer to the Lord and causes us to love Him even more. We don’t confess our sins to earn forgiveness, but to walk in freedom.
As we walk in our transformation, others may not forgive us for our past mistakes or judge us today because of our yesterday. Knowing the victory and freedom we have in Christ helps us remain free from needing other’s approval or affirmation. We can forgive ourselves because God has forgiven us. We stand in awe of the finished work on the cross, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:46-47 “You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”