What about the first letter of John saying that God does not forgive us before we have confessed our sins? If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, so he forgives us from sin and purifies us from all unrighteousness.
This is a scripture many use to explain that God has not forgiven us until we have made up for our sin and asked for forgiveness. It may seems, when we read this, that God has not forgiven us until we do the next sin and that we constantly must remember to ask forgiveness to remain forgiven, but is this so?
Am I forgiven if I have forgotten to confess a sin or sins? If I have done a sin, am I only forgiven until I do next sin and have asked forgiveness for it? Does God only forgive me for the sins I have remembered to confess? Does God hear my prayers if I have not totally forgiven someone?
I know there are many Christians who are afraid that they may not be forgiven, and many think of what Jesus said in the Sermon Of the Mount in Matthew 6:15, where Jesus says that God can not forgive you until you have forgiven others (perfectly).
In this encouragement/speech, I want to talk about that God can do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask for or imagine. (Eph 3:20) I have seen this in my own life, even last week. I also have a testimony in this speech from my own life.
I also will say an encouragement about God’s power that lives in you and that he can and wants to use you to set other people free too!
Is God behind hurricanes and natural disasters, or negative things that happens? Does God judge people and nations today because of sin? This is quite a hot topic and I have heard some Christian say, as an evangelist quite recently, that God sends hurricanes for punishments for sin today, even nations (this would also indirectly say that God punishes you for every sin your do, even today).
But what about what Jesus did on the cross? And what about John 3:16 and 17? What about Jesus that Jesus has forgiven all sin, for all, once and for all?
I think some mix law and grace, and the old covenant and with the new one. What did Jesus say about this? See or listen to this week’s encouragement!