New Testament forgiveness means more than a vague ‘It’s ok, it doesn’t matter’, our usual response to an apology, but is a powerful doorway to freedom. The Greek word used for ‘forgive’ means ‘to send away or set free’.
and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Nor do you have to live with any feelings of condemnation, that is, the sense that you deserve punishment.
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life
has set you free from the law of sin and death.
In fact, rather than waiting for a special time or season for repentance, it is good to keep short accounts with the Lord. One way of doing this, is by reviewing each day with the Lord at bed-time. Along with thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, we can receive forgiveness & cleansing for the mistakes and failures.
Although we do not need an intermediary to receive forgiveness, it's sometimes helpful to confess our sins to another person, when the conscience is particularly troubled. Choose someone who is humble, trustworthy, & understands their authority in Christ to bind & loose [Matthew 18:18].
Hearing a faith-filled declaration of freedom, in the name of Jesus, can bring a greater depth of healing & release to a troubled soul.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Whatever it requires, take steps today to deal with guilt - freedom beckons!
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