CAN GOD FORGIVE US FOR ALL OF OUR SINS?

This question many people had asked. The answer to this question is Yes, God can forgive us for all our sins. Why, because Jesus Christ died on the cross for remission mankind’s sins. When Christ died on the cross God forgave our sins in the past, present as well as the future. Many people think that they have committed some unforgivable sins. But Jesus Christ took on all of the mankind’s sins as well as death. It is stated in the bible in Romans 6:23 … 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lordin this bible verse you are free to choose between two masters, but you are not free to manipulate the consequences of your choice. Each of the two masters pays with his own kind of currency. The currency of sin death. That is all you can expect or hope for in life without God. Christ’s currency is an eternal life which means a new life with God that begins on earth and continues forever with God in heaven. Yes, all your sins can be forgiven if you turn to Christ and have faith that Christ will forgive you of your sins.

Let’s look at some examples of Jesus forgiving people of their sins. The first one we will mention is when Jesus forgives an adulterous woman in the Gospel of John 8:1-11… But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[eThis they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.[f] So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up[g] and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it,being convicted by their conscience,[h] went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,[i] “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?[j] Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k] sin no more.” The Jewish leaders had already disregarded the law by arresting the woman without the man. The law that both parties to adultery be stoned. In this case, the Pharisees were using the woman as a trap so they could trick Jesus. If Jesus said the woman should not be stoned, they would accuse him of violating Moses’ law. If he urged them to execute her, they would report him to the Romans, who did not permit the Jews to carry out their own executions. When Jesus said ‘he who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her’ this is a significant statement about judging others. Because Jesus upheld the legal penalty for adultery, stoning, he could not be accused of being against the law. But by saying that only a sinless person could throw the first stone, he highlighted the importance of compassion and forgiveness. When others are caught in sin, are you quick to pass judgment? To do so is to act as though you have never sinned. It is God’s role to judge, not ours. Our role is to show forgiveness and compassion. Now it is uncertain whether Jesus was merely ignoring the accusers by writing on the ground, listing their sins, or writing out the Ten Commandments. When Jesus said that only someone who had not sinned should throw the first stone, the leaders slipped quietly away, from the oldest to the youngest. Evidently, the older men were more aware of their sins than the younger. Age and experience often temper youthful self-righteousness. But whatever your age, take an honest look at your life. Recognize your sinful nature, and look for ways to help others rather than hurt or judge them. Jesus didn’t condemn the woman accused of adultery, but neither did he ignore or condone her sin. He told her to leave her life of sin. Jesus stands ready to forgive any sin in your life, but confession and repentance mean a change of heart. With God’s help, we can accept Christ’s forgiveness and stop our wrongdoing.

Another great example of Jesus forgiving sins is in Mark 2:1-12… And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately[a]many gathered together so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,“Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them,“Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic,11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”in this passage of scripture the paralytic’s (a person affected by paralysis) need moved his friends to action, and they brought him to Jesus. When you recognize someone’s need, do you act? Many people have physical and spiritual needs you can meet, either by yourself or with others who are also concerned. Human need moved these four men, let it also move you to compassionate action. House in biblical times were built of stone. They had flat roots made of mud mixed with straw. Outside stairways led to the roofs. These friends may have carried the lame man up the outside stairs to the roof. They then could easily have taken apart the mud and straw mixture to make a hole through which to lower their friend to Jesus. Before saying to the paralytic , ‘Arise’ Jesus said, Son, your sins are forgiven you.’ To the Jewish leaders, this statement was blasphemous, claiming to do something only God could do. According to the law, the punishment for this sin was death. The religious leaders understood correctly that Jesus was claiming divine prerogatives, but their judgment on him was wrong. Jesus was not blaspheming because Jesus claim was true. Jesus is God, and he proved his claim by healing the paralytic. This is the first time in Mark that Jesus is referred to as the ‘Son of Man.’ The title Son of Man emphasizes that Jesus is fully human, while Son of God emphasizes that he is fully God. As God’s Son, Jesus has the authority to forgive sin. As a man, he can identify with our deepest needs and sufferings and help us overcome sin.

What if you continue to sin over and over again will God forgive you? Another great example of this is in Matthew 18:21-22… 2Then Peter came to Jesus and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seventhe rabbi taught that people should forgive those who offend them, but only three times. Peter, trying to be especially generous asked Jesus if seven (the perfect number) was enough times to forgive someone. But Jesus answered, ‘Seventy times seven,’ meaning that we shouldn’t even keep track of how many times we forgive someone. We should forgive those who are truly repentant, no matter how times they ask. If you are truly repentant Jesus will forgive you no matter how many times you continue to sin because we live in a sinful world and we may always sin against Go and others. I submitted a Gospel video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I.”

What do you think? You comment are welcome!!!

Written by Kofi Baruti

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