Many Christians fear that they have not been forgiven by God because they have not yet been able to fully forgive others. They want to forgive, but they still have negative feelings towards those who have hurt them.
They can easily be condemned by what Jesus is saying in Matthew 18:35, that if we do not forgive our neighbor with our heart, God will not forgive us, but reject us and punish us, which makes us have the fear that God has not forgiven us. I often skipped this scripture and was afraid of it myself, I wished it was not there because I feared that I had not forgiven all who have hurt me perfectly, but now I have seen something I want to show you, and I will give you an answer to why Jesus said what he said.
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?
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!