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God’s Forgiveness Makes You Perfect in the Eyes of God

God’s forgiveness makes you perfect in the eyes of God. Can you believe that? My hope is that my new book, Starting Overfinding God’s forgiveness when you find it hard to forgive yourself, will convince you of just that.

Today I’m quoting from Day Eight of the devotional where I look at the benefits of forgiveness.

Forgiveness Makes you Perfect in the Eyes of God

Perfect in the eyes of God. That might sound too good to be true. I had it explained to me like this. Imagine that you and Jesus are sitting side by side and Jesus asks Father God: Which one of us is more perfect in your sight? What would the Father say? He’d say, “You are both perfect in my sight.”

When I first heard this, it sounded wrong. How could I be equally perfect in God’s sight as Jesus? But that’s what Jesus’ death did for you and me. The Bible tells us:

By one sacrifice God has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14 (emphasis is mine)

This verse is about you. Jesus’ death made you perfect in the eyes of God, not for a moment, but forever. It tells you that Jesus’ death cleaned your slate.

When my kids were little and they started washing dishes, I’d often have to go back and rewash them because they missed some spots. Our forgiveness is a lot like that. It’s spotty. It’s not often complete. But God’s forgiveness is perfect. The word “perfect” means “to be fully complete. Nothing lacking.” As a result, you stand before God completely blameless.

When is the last time someone looked at you as completely blameless? Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone look at you without remembering all of your mistakes, all your sin, all your failure, and past history? That’s how God looks at you.

But the really good news is that this cleansing isn’t a temporary state. It doesn’t have a thirty-day shelf life. This cleansing lasts…forever. That means you can breathe deep. Relax. Quit looking over your shoulder. Your struggle is over. You’ve been restored to God and he is now in the process of making you “holy,” that is, set apart for his purposes. From Day Eight: Perfect in God’s Eyes.

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Forgiveness Takes Your Sin Away

I’m continuing a series on God’s forgiveness adapted from my e-book “Forgiven…once and for all”. I dedicate my blog to helping people reclaim their life. I’m convinced that the reclamation process starts when you receive God’s forgiveness. It wipes your slate clean and enables you to make a fresh start.

Forgiveness

Jesus takes away your sin.

I try not to get into too much Bible study in my blog. I realize not everyone may read it for for that. But the Bible makes such a powerful case for our forgiveness that I have to share a few verses with you today. In my last post I quoted the Bible contrasting Jesus with Old Testament priests.

Jesus Takes Away Our Sin

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. Hebrews 10:11

Notice what it says…the animal sacrifices could never take away our sins. But the minute John the Baptist saw Jesus, look what he said:

Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John 1:29

John immediately knew that Jesus’ sacrifice would take away our sin. The Bible uses this same phrase in another place:

When you were dead in your sins and in … your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it awaynailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13,14

Don’t Drag Your Sin Back

Jesus takes our sin away but some of us drag it back. Have you ever had a dog drag something gross back that you threw away? I’ve had that happen. The crazy thing is, the dog was so proud of what he did. He felt so smart to have found what I threw away.  He sat there with this gross thing in our yard expecting my praise and I’m like, YOU ARE SO STUPID!  Get that out of here!

Forgiveness Gives You A Fresh Start

That’s what some of us do with our sin. Jesus took our sin and we drag it back, somehow feeling spiritual for doing it. That’s got to change.  It’s not spiritual. God wants you to let it go. It’s time to stop beating yourself up and let God’s forgiveness give you a fresh start.

Question: What’s keeping you from letting Jesus take away your sin for good? Leave your comment below. Please click below to share this post.

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