Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:22
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him; Daniel 9:9
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Romans 5:15
FORGIVENESS, is the WILLINGNESS to FORGIVE. When a person comes to the realization of their sins, and feels GUILTY and REMORSEFUL of their sins and seeks FORGIVENESS from God, for their sinful lifestyle, God is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE them of their sins IF they are willing to FORGIVE others, as in Christ God FORGIVES them. This can be a difficult thing to do. Some seem to have a VENGEFUL HEART, and are NOT willing to FORGIVE as God FORGIVES them.
In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus says: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will NOT forgive your sins. We can do this, by the work of the Holy Spirit, who indwells us, when we SUBMIT ourselves to Him.
We have the GIFT of FORGIVENESS, because of God’s attributes. This is what the Bible tells us about God’s FORGIVENESS, and why He is WILLING to provide it for us. First of all we have His FORGIVENESS because of His LOVE. Psalm 86:5, tells us that God is FORGIVING, GOOD, and ABOUNDING in LOVE to ALL who call on Him. He LOVES us SO MUCH, that He GAVE His ONLY SON to DIE for each of us. That we might have His FORGIVENESS.
Next, in Daniel 9:9, we see: The Lord our God is MERCIFUL and FORGIVING, even though we have REBELLED against Him. MERCY is NOT receiving the punishment that WE deserve, because of our sins. So because God is MERCIFUL we have FORGIVENESS of our sins.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 5:15; that the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, (Adam) how much more did God’s GRACE and the gift that came by the GRACE of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Grace is God’s UNMERITED FAVOR: We receive what we DON’T deserve, SALVATION. Are you a RECIPIENT of God’s FORGIVENESS, because of His LOVE, MERCY, and GRACE? You can be if you will TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. The ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and FORGIVENESS, through His LOVE, MERCY and GRACE. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!