Receiving forgiveness from the Lord is one of the greatest gifts that He has given to the human race. The key word here, however, is ‘receiving’ this forgiveness which seems to be very difficult for many people to do. The problem that most people run into is accepting the fact that God’s forgiveness is free but it is not automatic.
There seems to be a disconnect or misunderstanding between the way the Bible teaches that we should receive forgiveness of sins and the way we, as human beings, perceive receiving forgiveness of sins from God. The Bible is clear that God’s forgiveness is received first based on His grace and second based on our simple acts of obedience (1 John 1:9, Acts 3:19, Ephesians 1:7, Mark 11:25). Whereas, most people hold one of two extreme positions on the topic of forgiveness: either we believe that we can earn God’s forgiveness by our perfect acts of righteousness; or we think that we are automatically forgiven regardless of what they say or do. READ THE FULL BLOG HERE