Friday, March 9, 2018

3 Verses For When You Feel Unforgiven

We all know that heart-wrenching moment when we feel we’ve went to far to be forgiven. When we’ve messed up one too many times to receive grace. When we’ve done something way too bad to receive God’s hand of mercy.

I know I sure do. 

I wish I could say i’ve never experienced these feelings. I wish I could say that I’ve always trusted God’s word and His promise of grace no matter how big the sin.

But honestly, I’ve went through many moments when I’d believe lies rather than God’s truth. 

Whenever we feel like we aren’t forgiven, that we have somehow strayed to far to be welcomed back by God, we are believing the same age-old lies that Satan has been planting instead of believing and trusting in God’s truth.

When moments of doubt creep into your thoughts, I want you to meditate on these three verses. Instead of letting lies simmer into your mind, combat them with these truths:

1.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)

This verse tells us that nothing can snatch us out of God’s hand. Not even ourselves. No matter what how bad we mess up, our sins are no match for God’s grace. 

2. But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

This verse reminds is that as sinners, Christ died for us. Christ didn’t die for good and perfect people because there are none. It was us, sinners, who were in desperate need of grace. 

3. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

This verse praises God for His faithfulness. He is faithful in His promise to forgive us. His mercies never come to an end. 

The solid truth is, we aren’t worthy. We do not deserve the abounding grace of God. But He chooses to love and forgive us anyways. No matter how far we stray, no matter how bad the sin, His  mercy streams to those with faith.

This doesn’t mean that we should take sin lightly, instead, His grace should encourage us to combat the sin in our lives and live a life that is pleasing to God. 

One of my favorite quotes is by pastor and author David Mathis where he says "True grace not only forgives us when we do not live like Christ but empowers us to live more like Him."

I hope these three verses encourage you to walk in the promises of God, and bask in the mercies he gives to us.

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