Even THE ALMIGHTY GOD doesn’t require us to grovel and beg for His forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God does not require us to beg and try to prove ourselves worthy of forgiveness; we could never prove ourselves worthy. His Word says we only have to ask. He is a wonderful, merciful and loving Father, full of grace.
Our heavenly Father only asks that we confess our sins in order to be forgiven. Yet, so many times when someone offends us, they’re often made to feel as though there is nothing they are able to do to ever earn our forgiveness. And grace is merely something that is only sought to receive and never a gift to be given. Who are we to put ourselves in a position of higher authority than God? Is that not what we’re doing when we carry a grudge and hold on to the bitterness of unforgiveness for an offense which God has forgiven?
Imagine sitting in a court room hearing a judge say to an offender, “You are free to go.” Are you in a position of higher authority to override the judge’s decision and condemn the offender to prison? What if you were the offender? Would you say, “Hold on your honor, but I think I need to be returned to my cell”?
You see, the same is true of forgiving ourselves. So often, we want to condemn ourselves to sit in a cell of shame, guilt and self-condemnation when the blood of Christ has unlocked the cell and broken the shackles and chains that are now lying at our feet. Who are we to place ourselves in a position of higher authority than God by condemning ourselves to sit in that cell when He has commanded us to walk in freedom?
Is there someone you need to forgive today? Could that someone be you? James 4 tells us “submit yourselves to God” and John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Have you submitted yourself to God? Are you walking in God’s authority or your own?