Acts 13:38 declares,
"Therefore, my brothers,
I want you to know
through Jesus the forgiveness of sins
proclaimed to you."
What is forgiveness and why do I need it?
The word "forgive" means to wipe the slate clean,
to pardon, to cancel a debt.
When we wrong someone,
we seek their forgiveness
in order for the relationship to be restored.
Forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven.
No one deserves to be forgiven.
is an act of love, mercy, and grace.
Forgiveness is a decision to not hold
something against another person,
despite what they have done to you.
The Bible tells us that we are
all in need of forgiveness
We have all committed sin.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 proclaims,
"There is not a righteous man on earth
who does what is right and never sins."
First John 1:8 says,
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the
Truth is not in us
All sin is ultimately an act of rebellion against God
As a result, we desperately need God’s forgiveness.
If our sins are not forgiven, we will spend eternity
suffering the consequences of our sins
(Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).
Forgiveness – How do I get it?
God is loving and merciful – eager to forgive us of our sins!
2 Peter 3:9 tells us,
"…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance."
God desires to forgive us,
so He provided for our forgiveness.
The only just penalty for our sins is death.
The first half of Romans 6:23 declares,
"For the wages of sin is death…"
Eternal death is what we have earned for our sins. God, in His perfect plan, became a human being – Jesus Christ
Jesus died on the cross, taking the penalty
that we deserve – death. Second Corinthians 5:21
"God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in Him
we might become the righteousness of God."
on the cross, taking the punishment that
As God, Jesus’ death
provided forgiveness for the sins of the entire world.
1 John 2:2 proclaims, "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." Jesus rose from the dead, proclaiming His victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:1-28). Praise God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the second half of Romans 6:23 is true, "…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Do you want to have your sins forgiven? Do you have a nagging feeling of guilt that you can’t seem to get to go away? Forgiveness of your sins is available if you will place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Ephesians 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace." Jesus paid our debt for us, so we could be forgiven. All you have to do is ask God to forgive you through Jesus, believing that Jesus died to pay for your forgiveness – and He will forgive you! John 3:16-17 contains this wonderful message, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."
Forgiveness – is it really that easy?
Yes it is that easy!
You can’t earn forgiveness from God.
You can’t pay for your forgiveness from God.
You can only receive it, by faith,
the grace and mercy of God.
If you want to accept
Jesus Christ as your Savior
and receive forgiveness from God,
here is a prayer you can
Saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you.
It is only trusting in Jesus Christ
that can provide forgiveness of sins.
This prayer is simply a way
to express to God your faith in Him and to
for providing for your forgiveness.
"God, I know that I have sinned against
You and am deserving of punishment.
But Jesus Christ
took the punishment
that I deserve so that through faith in Him
I could be forgiven.
I place my trust in You for salvation.
Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness!