I am Forgiven

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)

I’ve known, truly known God’s gracious forgiveness all my Christian life. I’ve experienced beautiful times of repentance and the Lord’s merciful lifting of burdens of known sins. I’ve literally lost count of all the forgiveness I’ve prayed for and received. I’ve been washed, cleansed, and freed from besetting sins and temptations; immeasurably. There has been no doubt in my mind that Jesus died on Calvary, suffering a terrible death, to set believers free, that He took upon Himself everyone’s iniquities, in fact the sins of the whole world. And so I knew to bring *all* of my emotions into the Light of God’s Word. Colossians 1:13-14 - “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (NASV) But, in my case, a very big but, I found all too often the guilt of, and remembering of past forgiven sins would return when least expected. This returning , oppressive guilt would plague and torment me as if I had never received forgiveness at all, though I know By God’s Word, as well as the faith and belief in my heart, that I was forgiven. Micah 7:19 - ”He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (KJV) A few years ago, I opened up enough to receive God’s answer to my nagging prayer, about returning guilt and tormented memories, and this truly works for me, now. God had chosen to forgive, and not remember my sins, but had I? Obviously not! I hadn’t chosen this as a deliberate act, as God had. Therefore, I hadn’t asked the Lord to help me to choose to *forgive myself* or to help me choose to *forget my sins.* We hear it so often, don’t we? ‘It’s there for the asking, but you did not ask,’ and, or, ‘you ask amiss.’ Our loving merciful Lord has taught me He can heal tormenting memories and oppressi ve guilt, when we learn to choose what He chooses for us. We can live in the full freedom of God’s forgiving *Grace.*We can and should declare fearlessly to anyone doubting, including ourselves, “I AM FORGIVEN.”

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for your great and wonderful sacrifice on the cross. May we always remember that our true repentance and your forgiveness frees us from all guilt so that we may live more fully the abundant life You sacrificed Yourself to give us. In Jesus Holy Name, I pray. Amen and Amen.

By Rosemary (Victory, Australia)