Not feeling forgiven is a common problem; some struggle with this feeling more than others. Many things can influence this feeling, but it is nothing more than a feeling, a feeling that is not based on truth for those who belong to Jesus. This feeling, because it isn’t true, should be fought, should be replaced with truth. The following should help those with this feeling to put off the untrue and replace it with the truth.
First, we have to be women who know the Word of God, then we have to believe His Word. We can’t be held captive by our feelings we must put our hope in truth. I know that our feelings are sometimes very strong, and to make matters worse, Satan condemns us. But we have to fight to remember our Father’s truth.
We can’t just take these feelings and forget them without examining ourselves. We have to prayerfully ask if there is any sin that we’re not seeing and confessing. Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” If you’re like me, most your sin looks like yelling at your kids, disrespecting and not submitting to your husband, etc. Most of us aren’t running a crack business from our homes but sin is sin and all of which needs to be confessed and repented.
The good news is that this is why Jesus came here. He came, suffered horribly, becoming human, subjecting Himself to His creation, Mary, Joseph, governing authorities, and so forth. He listened as those He came to serve vehemently criticized Him, calling Him a blasphemer for saying that He was the Son of God. He was horribly tortured, humiliated, and subjected to what may be the worst death known to man. All so that His people could be forgiven, reconciled to God, brought into His family, while showing humanity His Father’s love.
This means that His children are forgiven. When we turned from our sin and trusted in Him alone for salvation and forgiveness of sin we were justified in God’s sight. He paid the price for our sin, all of it. He says that we must go to Him and confess, 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Second, we must repent. We must devise a plan to stop sinning. We must turn from our sin to the living God and follow Him, glorifying Him. John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” We will fail, sometimes time after time. But, then we go back to Him, we confess again, and He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness!
This amazing God we serve not only forgives us but cleanses us from all unrighteousness! Thinking about that blows my mind. We know that He is righteous and just, we know that He hates sin, and yet He chooses to not look at our sin once it’s been confessed. He chooses to see us as clean and righteous because of what Jesus has done for us. Jesus took our punishment so that we could be forgiven and looked upon by God as righteous. Take a long look at these verses:
Psalm 103:3-4, “Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.”
Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Isaiah 38:17, “Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.”
Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
Now, obey Philippines 4:6-8, dwell on truth, thank your immensely loving Father for giving you the greatest gift ever. Reject feelings that aren’t based on truth, refuse to listen to Satan’s accusations if you are His. If you aren’t, what are you waiting for? Accept His gift of forgiveness and serve Him, follow the Creator of the heavens and earth, with joy.
A few more verses to dwell on:
2 Corinthians 5:21
John Piper – “Remember, we do not battle unforgiven sin but forgiven sin.”