If there’s anything torturous I’ve experienced in my lifetime, it’s the mindset that I’ve done something so bad, God will not forgive me. Maybe it’s a besetting sin that I continue to fall into, and I get to a point that I feel God is fed up with me and won’t forgive me anymore because He’s done it continuously.
That’s one tool the enemy loves to use against us believers; to get us to focus on our sins and eventually believe that God just won’t forgive us because He’s too holy to accept us with our faults.
But if you’re a believer, then please sit up and read! I want to present this to you. Do you know what you’re doing when you allow yourself to wallow in self-pity and self-condemnation?
One! Do you know what 1 John 1:9 says? If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. By believing the lie that you are too bad to be forgiven by God, you’re pretty much blotting out these precious words and in effect saying that God is NOT faithful and is NOT just.
How can that be possible when the psalmist declares that justice, along with righteousness, is the foundation of His throne? Paul told Timothy that even if we are faithless to Him, He remains faithful, because He cannot deny Himself. In other words, the moment God were to become unfaithful, He’d cease to be God!
Two! There’s a certain description of God that pinpoints His nature and is repeated throughout the Old Testament. It states that He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. You’ll find these words spoken by the likes of Jonah, Moses, David and Joel. Honestly, to believe this satan-inspired lie is to deny these beautiful attributes of God. Holding one’s wrong against him is hardly the sign of a gracious or merciful person, much less one who is slow to anger. And the words of scripture were all inspired by the Holy Spirit, so repetitions of certain phrases should always be taken very seriously. Please, this God is too gracious and too merciful to hold grudges.
Three! Most critically, by thinking you’ve gone too far to be forgiven, you know what else you’ve done? You’ve basically declared that the precious Blood of Jesus is not sufficient enough. That your sin is stronger than the power of the Blood.
I don’t know if you realize how terrible an insult that is to God. We don’t sing that song ‘The Blood that gives me strength from day to day; it will never lose its power’ for nothing. That was the Blood of the Eternal Son, Blood that can never become less effective. Once it is the Blood of the One Who does not have a beginning, has no end and has power over every single thing – especially sin – then it stands to reason that there is absolutely no sin that can be so big and impossible for God to forgive. Believe it or not, if Adolf Hitler, after causing that horrific massacre, had gone to Him with a broken heart, full of remorse and a readiness to repent, God certainly would have forgiven him.
Please, stop dissing God by magnifying your sin over Him. It does not matter what you’ve done. If you come before Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, ready to repent (and I don’t mean just feeling sorry, but actually turning away from your wicked ways) and follow Him, He surely will clean you up and take you back in. let’s stop giving the devil leeway to deceive us and lead us to run away from the arms of our loving Father. If God were to be the type that gave up just like that, He certainly wouldn’t have wasted His time sending Christ to die for a people that were totally dead in their transgressions: us. He will forgive us, and will lead us to walk on the right path.