Read: 1 John 1:5-9
What happens when you incur a debt so large that you can never repay it? Then you expect someone else to forgive you … or else! That is exactly what happened when you became a child of God. Your overwhelming debt of sin was forgiven by the payment of an infinite price: the blood of Jesus Christ.
To comprehend the magnitude of forgiveness, Dwight L. Moody offered this illustration. He said, “We greatly dishonour God by bringing up our sins after He has forgiven them. Hundreds of Christians are doing this all the time. Suppose my little child has disobeyed me, and comes to me and says, ‘Papa, I did what you told me not to do; I want to be forgiven.’ She has deep and genuine repentance. I kiss away her tears and forgive her. She then comes to me the next day and wants to talk about it. ‘No,’ I say, ‘it is all forgiven.’ The next day she says, ‘Papa, won’t you forgive me for that sin I did two days ago?’ I think that would grieve me! Suppose she came to me every morning for six months: Would it not grieve and dishonour me? God has not only forgiven our sins, but has removed them for time and eternity. Ought one to grieve and dishonour Him by bringing them up before Him every day?”
God’s forgiveness is like a cancelled promissory note – torn apart, never to be shown to you again. Ps. 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Also, Isa. 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” That is why we can be assured that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Amazing grace – Christ Jesus paid a debt that you and I could never pay.