Yes, as a Christian, Jesus has purified
you with His blood. But do you feel "pure in heart", or are you still
staring at stains that He has already washed away?
Until you receive God's forgiveness yourself, you will never know how to truly forgive someone else.
You may read this decree and wonder if you fit the description.
You've read about forgiveness in the Bible. And, in your mind, you know your sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus. But, there may still be a part of you that carries the shame and guilt of past transgressions. Memories of a former life that Satan uses to torment and haunt you.
As I explain in Becoming God's Masterpiece, Satan does not want you to feel forgiven.
Because as long as you feel dirty and ashamed, like Adam and Even in the garden, you will begin to hide yourself from God.
As long as the devil can convince you that you are still carrying your former sins, you will feel unworthy to even step in the presence of your God who loves you.
Yes, you used to have spots on your spiritual record. But Satan no longer has the right to put you on trial for any of them!
God has forgiven you. Whether you feel forgiven or not does not matter.
You have been set free from God's condemnation. Now, you must set
yourself free from your own.
Man might look at your outward appearances and deeds, but God is looking at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7). If you have given your heart over to Him, you love Him, and your desire is to truly follow Him, then He Himself has purified your heart.
That does not make you perfect. But, it does mean that, if you make a mistake, Jesus died so that you could repent, and move on.
Now, repentance does not simply mean asking for God's forgiveness. A mature Christian knows that repentance is an attitude of the heart. You have a heart that aches when you grieve your Father in heaven. An attitude where you want no part of anything counter to God's perfect will and desires for you.
Even more, with maturity comes the understanding that you alone do not have the power to resist sin. You must regularly take yourself before the Throne of God and pray to receive strength not to fall into the same traps over and over again.
A mature Christian knows that, they are not saved by their own works, but by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8,9). Whether they feel pure of heart or not is insignificant. They know it says they are forgiven in the Bible. And They are not moved by their feeling or emotions. They are only moved by the Word of God, and who He says they are.
Receiving God's Forgiveness Bible StudyReflection Questions
1. Before this forgiveness Bible study, did you feel pure of heart? Why or why not?
2. Optional Activity: Are there areas in your own life where you still feel tormented by past sins, or even recent slips? Write them all down on a piece of paper. Fold the paper in half, and pray over it. Take them to God's throne and ask God one last time to take them away. Ask Him for the strength not to fall back into them, but to release them forever. Then, believe that He has answered your prayer. And destroy the paper. Rip it up. Shred it. Burn it. Flush it. Just be rid of it forever!
I hope that the first half of this forgiveness Bible lesson has been a blessing to you.
The second part of the forgiveness Bible study will look at yet another aspect of the mature Christian that Jesus describes for us in the Beatitudes – Having mercy.
paints a picture of spiritual maturity
Lesson 2: The power in humility and meekness
Lesson 3: Receiving God's Forgiveness Bible Study
Lesson 4: Learning How to Forgive
Lesson 5: Final Keys to Christian Spiritual Growth
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