Daily Reading & Prayer

Does God Really Forgive Our Sins?

May 3, 2024
Isaiah 43:25 “I, even, I am he who blots out your transgressions, for my sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”


Forgiveness is one of those topics that can hit deep, isn’t it? We’ve all been in moments where we’ve wrestled with our past, wondering if God could ever truly forgive us. I mean, we know the theology, right? We’ve read the verses about God’s boundless mercy and grace. But when it comes down to our own messiness, our own regrets, it can feel like a whole different story.

There was an elderly woman on her deathbed, consumed by anxiety and regret over her life’s mistakes. She couldn’t shake off the weight of her past, filled with regrets, grudges, and missed opportunities. In a moment of desperation, she questioned if God could forgive her for everything she had done.

The pastor who visited her faced a heart-wrenching plea: “Will God forgive me? Can God erase all my sins?” This is a question that echoes in the hearts of many, including those who feel they don’t deserve God’s forgiveness.

Here’s the truth: God’s forgiveness is not limited by our shortcomings. It’s not contingent on how “good” we’ve been or how many boxes we’ve checked off. It’s rooted in the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. When Jesus stretched out his arms on that cross, he did it for you, for me, for all of us. He paid the price so that we could experience forgiveness, redemption, and a new beginning.

So, if you’re carrying the heavy burden of guilt or shame, if you’re questioning whether God can forgive you, let me tell you: he can, and he will. There’s no sin too big, no mistake too monumental that God’s grace cannot cover. His love reaches into the darkest corners of our hearts and whispers, “You are forgiven.”

Let’s surrender our doubts and fears, and let his love wash over us, bringing healing and restoration. Because in his forgiveness, we find true freedom and the power to live a life transformed by his grace.


Are you living forgiven? Ask Jesus today to forgive you for all your sins and walk in freedom. Trust that he paid the price. Maybe you have loved ones that wrestle with this fact; walk them through this simple truth today.


Jesus, I confess I sometimes still carry burdens of regret, guilt, and shame, wondering if I can truly be forgiven for my past mistakes. But your Word assures me that your forgiveness knows no bounds. Help me to accept this gift wholeheartedly and to extend it to others as you have extended it to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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