Receiving God’s forgiveness leads to godly living
Instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your fellow believers. Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves... you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:8-9, 11 When one looks back in their life, some are wondering how can God forgive them. There is a feeling of unworthiness and undeserving of God’s forgiveness. Yet that is what God does. The Bible declared that all are sinners. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23). Everyone needs God’s forgiveness and freedom from the power of sin because of the grave consequence. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Good News is that God provides forgiveness so that instead of death, there will be eternal life to those that will receive the gift of trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Life worthy of His calling begins with recognizing His offer of forgiveness. It also marks the beginning of your desire to follow Him faithfully. As this life in Christ is lived out in obedience to Him, the more you realize God’s love. This is what you experience as you walk in the path that God had set for you. There will be times that you will falter and stumble, yet you know that God’s grace will always be there to help you get up and get back to the spiritual journey he had set for you. You will never be beyond the point of not experiencing God’s forgiveness for it will always be available to those who will ask. “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9). Knowing God’s love and forgiveness will lead you to live a life of gratitude and that life will be characterized by obedience. A follower will reflect His Master. Those who had been freed and forgiven because of their faith in Christ will experience the freedom to live the life God gave them. “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).