Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Can a person be forgiven if they won't admit they need forgiveness?
We have all known someone who would never admit when they were wrong? No matter how insurmountable the evidence is against them, they will not confess to making a mistake. A follower of God cannot have this kind of mentality! One cannot become a child of God if they wont admit sin. The apostle John wrote, “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
God will not forgive the person who does not admit his need for forgiveness.
Before one can become a follower of God, they must admit to themselves that because of sin they need God. Sadly, too many people adopt the “to big to fail” mentality and will never believe they have fallen. These people are deceiving themselves and can never be forgiven. God will not forgive the person who does not admit his need for forgiveness.
God will forgive the person who admits sin.
On the other hand, if we are honest with ourselves, identify the sins in our life and confess our sinfulness before self and God, we can be forgiven. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
God is Truth and cannot be in fellowship with lies. Those in the light (1 John 1:7) understand that all have sinned and have no problem admitting it. From the admission of guilt comes the blessing of forgiveness. We all have all sinned, continue to sin, and will continue to sin. Even when we fail time after time again, there is still hope in Christ, for redemption and salvation.
How do I receive forgiveness?
The steps to receiving these blessings are simple. First, admit to self that you are not perfect, you sin and you need God. Second, seek out God and acknowledge His gracious and forgiving character. Third, with great joy and humble thanksgiving accept the forgiveness He continually offers.
Depending on your relationship with God, the third step may take different forms.
For those outside of a covenant relationship with Christ, accepting God’s forgiveness requires turing from sin, to God, and putting on Christ in baptism (Acts 2:38). For those already in Christ, accepting God’s forgiveness comes from prayer and an effort to turn from sin and back to Him.
Thanks be to God for continually forgiving us as we fall. Let’s not be so big, proud or self righteous that we never admit we need God’s grace. God will forgive you, if you are willing to admit your need for forgiveness.
“If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us”
(1 John 1:10).
CS- Scripture references from NASB