“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32The gift of forgiveness comes from repentance of our sins. It is the basis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. John 20:21-23 clarifies why this is such an essential Sacrament.
“Jesus said to them (disciples): ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when He had said this he breathed on them and said ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’”Jesus says on the cross, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) The penalty of our sins was paid in full on the cross. There are so many references throughout the Bible which clearly encourages followers of Jesus to come to Him for forgiveness of sins. This is why His blood was shed.
“This condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit which gives life in Christ Jesus has set you from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2God is all-knowing. He has been aware of who we are since the moment we were conceived. Every breath, every conversation, every moment of our life is known to God. Just like parents know their children will make mistakes growing up, so too, God knows we will sin. Our lives are a constant road leading to God. I told my children when they were growing up there is nothing they could do that I couldn’t forgive. I love them more than anything in the world. I’m just a mom, but I truly believed this with all my heart. God’s capacity to love is so much more. I’m certain God feels about all of us the way any parent feels about their children -- and much more. That is why we know God will forgive us our sins; all of them. He proved this when He sent Jesus to show us the way. When you proclaim your sins to God, know that His capacity to love you is so great it’s allowing you forgiveness.
Copyright 2018 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor which inspired her to begin writing six years ago.