“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake.” 1 John 2:12
We’ve all done bad things. Some of them seem easily forgiven, but there are also some which appear to us as difficult to forgive. But when we draw near to God and seek His unmerited favor, called grace, He does forgive all our sins, small and great alike. He doesn’t do it because we are capable of paying for our sins, but He does it because He is the only One who is capable of forgiving totally. He forgives us our sins so that His name will continue to lift high and glorified. God is God forever. He forgives because He is a forgiving God.
We do not deserve God’s forgiveness, and no matter how righteous we think or feel we are, we will never be deserving. But God loves us, and He pours out His grace upon us because of His love and kindness.
When we draw near to God to seek His amends, we must claim that we have already been granted pardon, and are, therefore, free to live as God’s dearly loved children. We are already free to live God’s dreams for us, unbound by the shackles of sin and unhindered by guilt. We can already live in joy, love, and peace, thus, glorifying our Maker whose initial plan for us is in John 10:10, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Our attitude towards our God, therefore, must be of gratitude and faithful obedience, because we can only enjoy life truthfully with His forgiveness.