There are many believers that can’t seem to forgive themselves for their past. Grace just doesn’t make sense to them. They don’t deserve to be forgiven. And these people are right…grace doesn’t make earthly sense. We surely don’t deserve it. They keep reliving their past and believing Satan’s lie, and then grace shows up with an outstretched hand. “I don’t deserve it,” they cry. And they’re right. Grace, by its very definition, is unmerited favor from God or a gift we don’t deserve. But until you accept God’s grace and forgiveness, Satan will hold you in the vise grip of guilt, and we will miss moments of sudden glory. Have a wonderful as you remain in God’s presence remember that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…. Romans 8:1
In no way do I want to diminish the seriousness of sin. Neither do I want to lessen the truth of grace. Refusal of the Christian to repent and to continue a lifestyle of sin spits in the face of what Christ did on the cross. Unconfessed sin draws the shade on God’s glory. Confession with repentance raises the curtain once again for God’s glory to shine through.
When we say, “I don’t feel forgiven,” that is like saying that what Jesus did on the cross is not enough. Why should we require more from ourselves than our Creator requires of us? “If you are feeling condemnation for past sins that you have already asked God to forgive, that condemnation is not coming from God. Once you have repented and asked God to forgive you, it is finished, over and done with, wiped away. If feelings of condemnation persist, they are a result of listening to the accusations of the enemy as he tries to keep you from union and communion with God.
Satan knows that the slightest whisper of guilt is easily received by a fragile heart plundered by life. Do not let him convince you to remain in hiding. If you have been crouching in Eden’s bushes of shame, listen closely. That sound you hear is God walking your way. Whispering your name. Do you hear it? Singing love songs of grace. Inviting you to stroll with Him in the garden of your heart where He has taken up permanent residence.