September 30, 2022
Human beings are literally natural-born sinners. We sin every day. Some of these sins are unconscious and we naturally feel bad about them when we realize what we’ve done. Others we may feel worse about because we knew what we were doing was wrong when we did it and having made that choice can weigh down on our relationship with God.
If you’re feeling distant from the Lord or want to get right with Him, asking for His forgiveness is essential. How you handle your mistakes shows much you value your relationship with the Almighty. As a Christian, you are called to repent and ask for forgiveness whenever you sin. That can sound pretty vague, at times, especially when our faith is already a little shaken. So let’s put the idea of asking for forgiveness into more actionable terms.
There are three key things you should have going for you when you decide to ask for forgiveness. These seem simple on paper, but actually getting to these places and maintaining them is not always easy. Let’s review them and why each matters.
We are not worthy of God’s forgiveness, yet to the truly apologetic, He grants it. This is the beginning of how we move on to sanctification with Him by fighting the temptation to do so again in the future.
When you’re ready to ask for forgiveness, here’s a good template to stick to (mindfully, however). This is taught in Sunday Schools and Vacation Bible Schools all over the world to kiddos, but as adults we sometimes forget it applies to us, too.
When turning to God for His forgiveness, we can break the steps down into what’s called the “ABC’s” of forgiveness:
Remember, when you ask God for forgiveness, He is being faithful and just to forgive you. His mercies are new every morning, and He will never leave you or forsake you. Your faith in the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son is what justifies you before a holy God. So trust in Him today, and ask for His forgiveness. He is ready and willing to give it if you are ready and willing to humble yourself before him and receive it. God is always waiting with open arms to welcome you back home.
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