We all desire to be forgiven our sins. We may try on our own to atone for them, but we cannot (Rom 3:25; 1 Jn 2:1-2). We claim we did not sin, but this is only deceiving ourselves (1 Jn 1:8). If we will be honest of ourselves and in ourselves we have no just way to deal with our sin or the sin of others against us.
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you (1 Pet 1:17–25 NIV).
The Bible says: A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him (2 Pet 2:19b). What is it that has mastered you? Is it the sin of others against you that you will not forgive? Is it your own sin that you will not let God, or yourself, forgive?
God spoke to His sinful people of long ago through the prophet, Ezekiel, and begged them to receive His forgiveness that they might not die! Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezek 33:11). Jesus teaches His disciples to let God’s forgiveness reign in them, so they can themselves be forgiven (Matt 18:21–35).
God’s justice will allow Him to forgive only those who are willing to be mastered by that forgiveness. He waits for this to be you! Obey the gospel of God’s grace and let forgiveness reign in your life, beginning today!