The Beautiful and Unconditional Forgiveness of God
I hope you are working on your sexual sin inventory. Take your time and really ask the Spirit to guide you through this difficult process. I know it is hard seeing the reality of your sinful choices, but it is important that we do not minimize our sexual sin. We tend to rationalize and pretend that they do not matter but they really do. You know they have consequences.
What we need to do next is bathe in the full and eternal forgiveness of God. So many Christians do not have a biblical understanding of their forgiveness. We make the mistake of believing that we need to do something to earn more forgiveness and so we begin to bargain with God and make promises that put our forgiveness in the category of what I call conditional forgiveness.
Make no mistake about it. We do need to confess our sins as we are told in the Bible. In 1 John 1:9 we clearly read;
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
And in James 5:16 we read;
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.”
The question is do we need to confess our sins so that they will be forgiven? In other words, is my forgiveness conditional upon the confessing of my sins? Or are all of my sins completely forgiven through the finished work of Christ on the Cross? I believe the latter. The debt of all my sins was fully paid for by Christ on the Cross. Though they as red as scarlet they are now as white as snow. Note these passages;
“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2: 13-14)
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
My eternal life and salvation are based on the unconditional forgiveness I have received from God the Father who dealt with my sin by the sacrifice of Christ. He took my place and paid the price of a death, shedding His own blood, so that my forgiveness could be eternally secured.
So, confession is not to gain MORE forgiveness. It is to acknowledge before God that I know I have sinned and admitting it to Him, myself, and other showing that I know that my actions were wrong. It shows God that I am repenting from my sin and returning to a right relationship with Him.
To think otherwise is to place yourself on a “not so merry-go-round” never sure if I am forgiven or not. So, if I die and have not confessed all of my sins will I still go to heaven? This idea of conditional forgiveness leaves me in no man’s land and filled with doubt. Am I in or am I out? Do I have salvation or have I lost it?
Listen carefully. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. I should rejoice every day that all my sins are forgiven and give myself totally to God daily offering Him my body as a living sacrifice.
Some will say, as they said to Paul, that therefore we can go on sinning because all sin is paid for. That is just plain stupid. Sin destroys life. Sin is a master that leads to death. Instead of a healthy and growing relationship with God, I and my loved ones will suffer from the consequences that sin brings with it and I should expect the discipline of God because He disciplines the children whom He loves.
So, look over that sexual sin inventory and then get on your knees and worship the God who loved you so much that He died for all your sins. Your past sins. Your present sins and even your future sins. Thanking Him for the complete forgiveness of all of your sins. Then ask His Spirit to fill you and enable you to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the desires of the flesh today.