He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust [Psa 103:10-14]
The Bible teaches that …the wages of sin is death [Rom 6:23]. God hates sin because of its destructive effects on us and others. But he hates it more when it becomes a barrier in our relationship with him. That’s the reason God sent his Son to pay the “wages” for sin, so that we could be restored to right relationship with God, our Father. There’s no price left to pay. Jesus paid the price for every sin you and I will ever commit – the highest price – his own life – so that nothing could ever come between us and God again.
Sin is a terrible thing. But the depth of God’s unconditional love for you drives him to forgive you. Once you have confessed your sin to him, he chooses to remember it no more. And because of his infinite grace and mercy, he forgives us the very moment we repent of our sin. Ask God to reveal any sin in your life today, and take some time for confession. Then receive his forgiveness for your sin. Don’t allow anything to hinder your relationship with your heavenly Father.
Living in right relationship with God often hinges upon our choices. Will you choose to condemn yourself? Will you choose to listen to the voice of your accuser? Or will you choose to trust God at his Word? You were made for unhindered relationship with God. Receive his forgiveness and live in restored relationship with your heavenly Father today.