I Know: I Am Forgiven

Learning to Fully Receive God's Grace

There are times in my journey as a Follower of Christ when I have been able to witness the amazing instruction of God. I have found that when I allow God to take over, everything tends to coincide with whatever lesson He is trying to teach me at the time. It’s like everything becomes synchronized around a similar theme or topic. Whether it is a bible study, day-to-day interactions, lyrics from a song, paragraphs in a book, or even Gods word, they all seem to say the same thing. When this happens in your life, pay attention; God is trying to tell you something. Recently, God has been trying to teach me about his grace, and through His patience and persistence

I know I am forgiven.

I truly believe God has been trying to reassure me of this truth. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the forgiveness of sin to satisfy the wrath of God towards unrighteousness. The fact that our Heavenly Father gave His only begotten son to die for the world truly humbles me. Sometimes it can be difficult to have faith that I am truly forgiven by God. Who am I to be given such an opportunity of redemption? In 1 John 4:9 it states, "In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only son into the world, so that we might live through him."  It’s because of scriptures like this that

I know I am forgiven.

As a parent I ask myself, could I sit back and watch my child suffer as Jesus suffered?  I don't think that I could allow my child to go through that kind of torture. Christ physically suffered with a magnitude so great that it would impress upon us the true sacrifice He made for our salvation. But Christ's deeper suffering occurred when He experienced separation from His Father for the first time. A separation you and I will never have to taste if we abide in Christ. It's because of the magnificent love of the Father that 

I know I am forgiven.

In Colossians 2:6-7 it states, "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."  We are baptized, made clean, forgiven and asked to walk Jesus' path. Each morning after my alarm ringsI get down on my knees and thank God for another day to follow Jesus. Since I am human, and imperfect, I ask forgiveness for the ways I have not followed God’s path correctly. It’s because God is faithful and just to hear my prayers that

 I know I am forgiven.

Everything I have been reading speaks much about forgiveness. Not just the fact that God forgives me, but the fact that He expects me to forgive others. In Matthew 6:15 He states, "but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." For us to truly be forgiven our inequities, we must also forgive those who have harmed us in any way. Jesus has softened my heart and made it possible by his mercy and compassion to forgive others. It’s because I have forgiven the worst of what others have done to me that

I know I am forgiven.

Speaking from experience this is not easy. In fact, it is impossible without the grace of God. I have struggled with letting go and giving things over to Him. It took diving into God's word at one of our Start Group Bible studies, for me to start understanding what was called of me in regards to forgiveness. In Luke 6:37 it states,  "Judge not, and you will not be judged, condemn not, and you will not be be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.” It’s through this small group and studying God’s word in community that

I know I am forgiven.

Today there is a peace inside me that transcends all understanding. I believe the key has been asking God to grant me the grace to forgive all those that sinned against me. But what helped me get there was staying accountable to a community of believers that kept me real with God, myself, and others. I encourage you to find this kind of community so you too can be one who says without reservation

I know I am forgiven.
Lorrie Stierwalt