How to Receive Forgiveness From God

Receiving forgiveness

God abhor sin. So many people live in it and they know within their heart. While some enjoy their sinful lifestyle because of the benefit they get from it, some are fed up with it but don’t know the exact way out to repent and get forgiveness from the Lord.

God has made provisions  for anyone willing to forsake sin and come to him. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—KJV

The first step we must take in getting forgiveness of our sins is realising we are sinners. This has to do with acknowledgement (Psalm 32:5).

1 John 1:10  says we make God a liar when we say we have not sinned. This has been misinterpreted by some that the verse portray the impossibility to live without sin, but this is not true. Whoever is born of God does not sin (1 John 5:18). The verse is referring to people who know they live in sin but forcefully convincing themselves that they are righteous. The Lord speaks to their heart, urging them to repent and get forgiveness from him, but they refute him and indirectly calling him a liar.

The scriptures say whoever hide his sin will not prosper (Proverbs 28:13). Such people no matter how hard they try will not find true prosperity in their lives.

The second step we must take to get forgiveness from the Lord is by confession. Confession can be done in two ways. The first is confessing to God, and the other is confessing to whoever is affected by the sin we commit (James 5:16).

You confess to God if only he is affected, like taking his name in vain (Exodus 20:7). You should confess to both the Lord and man if the person is affected. For example stealing or cheating in an exam. You should receive direction and guidance from your spiritual heads to do this.

God is always faithful and just to grant forgiveness if we confess our sins to him. With his faithfulness we can easily confine on him to forgive us. He is just and fair. He is not partial. Since he has been granting forgiveness to whoever confess to him in time past, he will forgive you.

However, God’s faithfulness and fairness to grant forgiveness should not be taken for granted. We must not sin and ask for forgiveness repeatedly (Romans 6:1). We should confess, receive pardon and forsake our sin once and for all.

After we have confessed our sin and get forgiveness, God will then cleanse us from all our guilt and unrighteousness. This he does by washing us clean with the blood of his Son (Jesus) shed on the cross.

As God forgive us our sin, we should also remember to forgive those who wrong us when they ask for pardon (Matthew 6:14). The Lord doesn’t remember our sin when we ask for forgiveness. Even though not part of the human nature, we should forgive and forget the wrongs of others to us.
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