Grammy Blick: Who needs to forgive - you or God?

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” (Colossians 1:21-23 KJV)

Are we alienating ourselves by keeping our wicked works in our minds?

We know within ourselves, not just through Isaiah 53:6 and Romans 3:23, that we work against ourselves; that we keep ourselves from God. Here in Colossians Paul tells us that He has provided the reconciliation. Can you believe that? Or do you believe that your sins are different? Worse? Unforgivable?

The Bible specifically states in Matthew 12:31 what is not forgiven: “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”

But, as in Hebrews 2:3a, How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation. I believe that tells us the acceptance is up to us, individually.

God’s forgiveness is at hand – isn’t the real problem forgiving ourselves? That we cannot accept our actions as forgivable? We need to understand that while we are incapable of perfection, God is incapable of failure.
If there is any question in your mind regarding God’s ability to forgive, please spend some time in prayer with II Timothy’s first chapter. For you really know, in your heart, that once you have trusted God that not even your sins are greater than He is. In your heart you know you are not ashamed, for you know whom you have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which you’ve committed unto Him against that day.


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