What is Forgiveness?

“Forgive” means to pardon, to cancel a debt. When we do something wrong to someone, we seek their forgiveness in order for the relationship to be restored. No one deserves to be forgiven, but it is an act of love, mercy and grace. 

We all need forgiveness

The Bible tells us that we are all in need of forgiveness from God. We have all committed sin against God. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, "There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins." As a result, we desperately need God’s forgiveness. If our sins are not forgiven, we will spend forever suffering because of our sins (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).

How does He offer it?

Thankfully, God is loving and merciful – eager to forgive us of our sins! 2 Peter 3:9 tells us, "…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." How?

The only just penalty for our sins is death. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death…" But God, in His perfect plan, became a human being – Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross, taking the penalty that we deserve.

As God, Jesus' death provided forgiveness for the sins of the entire world. Jesus rose from the dead, proclaiming His victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:1-28). Praise God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the second half of Romans 6:23 is true, "…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

How do you get it?

Forgiveness of your sins is available if you will place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Ephesians 1:7 says, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."

Jesus paid our debt for us, so we could be forgiven. All you have to do is ask God to forgive you through Jesus, believing that Jesus died to pay for your forgiveness – and He will forgive you!

You can’t earn it. You can only receive it, by faith, through the grace and mercy of God. If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive forgiveness from God, here is a prayer you can pray. Saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Jesus Christ that can provide forgiveness of sins. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and to thank Him.

Will you pray this prayer?

"God, I know that I have sinned against You and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness! Amen!"

Did you pray this prayer?