Summary: Asking God's forgiveness in prayer.
Throughout scripture when the people of God sinned, it angered the Lord. God wanted them to know how unhappy He was with their sin. That His anger burned against them for their sin. He does this when we sin so we recognize our sin and seek forgiveness and restoration with Him.
Psalm 85:4 “Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.” KJV
When we confess our sins to God, God forgives and the anger of the Lord is turned away from us. It ceases to exist. And God forgives us and fellowship with Him is restored immediately.
Micah 7:18 “Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant…You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love.” NLT
Psalm 51:2 “Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.” NLT
Daily we need to ask God to forgive us and to remove the guilt we feel because of our sin.
God delights in forgiving our sins. It gives Him great joy to stop being anger with us and to forgive us. I don’t find joy and pleasure in being angry with my children. I don’t like when I am angry. I believe that’s how God is, He hates being angry towards his children. It gives Him great joy and delight to stop being angry with us and to show us His love and forgive us. He wants to forgive our sins.
God alone has the power to forgive sins.
One day some men brought Jesus a lame man. And He told this man that his sins were forgiven. The religious leaders though that was blasphemy. “Only God can forgive sin.” Jesus wanted to show them He was God and He did have power to forgive sins, so he told the man to get up and walk.
Matthew 9:6 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins…“Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” NLT
God has all power and all authority over everything including our sins. And He alone has the power and authority to forgive us of our sins.
Luke 7:49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” NLT
Jesus was out there looking for people to forgive. God wants to forgive people of their sins. God wants to forgive you of your sins.
Listen to what the Psalmist has to say in Psalm 86:5 “O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” NLT
God is a good God, He is a loving God, He is a compassionate God, He is a God that is so ready to forgive us for our sins.
Matter of fact when we ask Him for forgiveness, you know what? He has to forgive us. It goes against His nature to not forgive when we ask.
Psalm 65:3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all. NLT
We can get overwhelmed by our sins. They can be so many we don’t know where to begin. Sin can cause depression, lack of motivation and can cause lack of purpose and meaning in life. Maybe there is a sin in your life that you are having a hard time asking forgiveness for, or maybe you don’t believe God could forgive you for it. There is no sin that you have ever committed that God cannot forgive. He forgives all of our sins. No matter how many there are, no matter what they are. God forgives them all. He has all power and all authority to forgive sins.