Forgiveness Is Love

The most important concept one will ever encounter is that God is love (1Jn 4:16). And because our Lord loved us with such a great love He made a way for us to be forgiven after sin had entered the world (Ro 3:22-26). Jesus came down from Heaven, became man, and died for our sins (Jn 3:16-17). Our Savior arose again and offers to forgive all believersí sins (Eph 1:7-8). Forgiveness starts with the perfect love of our God (1Jn 4:7-10). Forgiveness ends with the love we have in our hearts for our God (1Jn 4:17-18). For our sins will be forgiven if we love our Lord above all things, and our neighbor as ourselves (Lk 10:25-28). So salvation comes down to this. Godís love will always forgive us (Ro 8:37-39), but do we have the love of Christ in our hearts so we can be forgiven (Eph 3:16-19)?


Spiritual Forgiveness

Faith saves us (Gal 3:11, Rom 3:28), faith makes us righteous (Gal 2:15-16, 3:11), faith forgives our sins (Ac 10:43, Lk 5:20). Faith produces a love that gladly hears, gladly follows, and gladly obeys our Master (Jn 14:21). Faith creates a love in our hearts that assures us our sins are forgiven (Lk 7:47, Ro 8:1-4). To have faith and love in Christ sounds so simple, so easy. But as mere humans we will never be able to handle all the temptations we will encounter (Lk 17:1). We will always sin (Ro 3:9-20, 7:21-25). Our only answer is to turn to our loving God for forgiveness, for help in fighting off all the evil around us (Ac 3:19). We must accept the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide us, to introduce us to Jesus (Jn 16:12-15). We must bring Jesus into our lives, we must let our Saviorís love and peace come into our hearts (Jn 14:27, 2Cor 13:11). We must receive the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13-14) Christ offers all who believe in Him (Gal 3:22). And when our sins are forgiven us we are holy once more (Eph 5:3, Col 1:21-23). Holy to be one with Christ while here on earth (Eph 2:19-22, Heb 2:11). Holy to walk through the great gates of Heaven when we are called home to live with our Lord forever (1Thes 3:13, 2Thes 1:10).


Jesus came to save sinners (Matt 1:21, 9:12-13, 1Tim1:15). Our Savior gave His life as complete atonement for all of our sins when He died on the cross for us (1Pe 3:18). Jesus offers complete forgiveness to all who truly believe in Him (Ac 13:38-39). We receive forgiveness through sanctification by the Holy Spirit (1Cor 1:2, 6:11, Ro 15:16) and personal repentance to our Lord (Lk 5:32). The Spirit offers general forgiveness (sanctification) of sins to all who have a true faith (Ac 26:18, Gal 5:16-18). Sanctification forgives our sins until we are able to daily ask for forgiveness from our Lord (Ro 8:26-27). Sanctification forgives our sins as we commit them to keep us holy and part of the body of Christ, His Holy Christian Church (1Cor 1:2, Eph 5:25-27). We receive personal forgiveness when in our daily prayers we humbly ask Jesus to forgive us (Lk 18:13-14), even for those sins we do not know that we have committed (Ps 19:12, Ja 4:16-17). Our Lord then graciously forgives all of our sins and remembers them no more (Heb 8:12).


General and personal forgiveness are obtained spiritually (Ac 15:9, 1Cor 4:5). We are forgiven by the intent that is in our hearts, (Ps 44:21, Ro 2:16, Heb 4:12-13) not the physical actions we do, or the words that come out of our mouths (Matt chap 23). Jesus can forgive all the sins we commit no matter how awful they may be considered, except for one. The only unforgivable sin is to reject the Holy Spirit (Mk 3:28-29, Matt 12:31-32). For when we reject the Holy Spirit Christ cannot come into our hearts (Eph 3:16-19). The spiritual faith, love, and intent needed in our hearts for forgiveness can never be present (Ro 8:9-11, Eph 4:8). Sins are spiritual, are committed because of a lack of love for our Lord (Jn 14:15-17, 1Jn 4:7-10), for our fellowman (Ro 13:10, 1Jn 4:11-12). The physical acts of sin we commit just show that we have a lack of this love (Jn 14:23-24). We are spiritually forgiven: By a faith that creates a total love for Christ in our hearts, that puts Jesus number one in our lives (1Ti 1:5, Gal 5:5-6). By a faith that produces a committed love in our hearts which makes us sorry for our sins, and makes us strive to live a Christian life (Gal 5:19-26). By a faith that desires to grow and come alive through reading the Scriptures (Ro 10:17) and telling all about Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19-20). By a faith that enables us to love others as ourselves, helping all in their needs (Gal 5:13-15). When we have Christ in our hearts we have such a faith, such a love, and such an intent within us (1Jn 2:5). Jesus knows in whose heart He lives, as well as those who have not made room for Him yet (Ac 15:8, 1Jn 4:15). To all who have accepted Him into their hearts, Christ offers sanctification and personal forgiveness through the blood He shed on the cross for us (1Jn 1:7). Christ makes us holy, sinless (Ro 11:16, 1Pe 2:9-10). We are once more part of the family of God, are once more heirs of Heaven (Gal 4:7, Ro 8:17). Those who can never quite submit their will to Christ have chosen poorly (1Cor 6:9-10, Col 2:20-23, Ro 8:5-7). They have chosen to love themselves, worldly desires, and false gods more than their Lord (Matt 16:24-26, 2Pe 1:3). Their sinful will leads them to a home in Hell, to live with their master Satan forever (2Pe 2:4-22, Rev 20:11-15).



Next Topic


Basic Truths