Am I forgiven enough?

Do I need forgiveness?

Bitterness and other negative feelings that remain without forgiving have a negative effect physically, mentally, spiritually, & socially. The ability and mentality to harm others and ourselves similarly has a negative effect on the whole person.

Will God forgive me?

Romans 8:28-31. Luke 5:31,32.

Who does God love? Who does God not love? God does hate sin. He hates all that is evil. But humans are not intrinsically evil. They think and do bad. In fact every human thinks and does wrong. God hates and will destroy the bad in each of us. But He loves every human even though there is sin in us.

Did He love Jacob, the great deceiver? Did He love Moses, the secular murderer? Did He love Samson, the womanizer and adulterer? Did He love Ruth the heathen, or Rahab the prostitute? Did He love David the coward, adulterer, and murderer? Did He love Saul, the rebel king any less than David, the man after God's own heart? Did He love Solomon who led all Israel into idolatry and apostasy? Did He love Elijah, when as a coward he ran with no faith in God's protection? Was it because God did not love them that Elisha died of a lingering disease and Job lost his family and wealth to receive boils? Did God love Peter more who denied Him; Judas who betrayed Him; or John who wanted to destroy whole towns over disagreement. Did God love the persecuting Saul? Who does God love, and whom does God save?

Will God's forgiveness improve my life?

Genesis 32, 33 Esau and Jacob.

We can see clearly the effect of forgiveness when those two finally met. Esau approached with the power he knew - the power of man and of force. Jacob approached alone, crippled by the power of God. But he could afford to walk alone for angels rather than soldiers were by his side.

May God help us to have the forgiveness of Jacob rather than the sorrow of Esau!

Luke 5:17-26. Our next example comes again from the work of Jesus: the Pharisees and the paralytic. Luke tells us that on a certain day, as Jesus was teaching there were Pharisees and doctors of the law from throughout Palestine present. And he tells us that "the power of the Lord was present to heal them." How often we may look down on some Pharisee, but the power of the Lord was there to heal them. O, may we have the power of the Lord to heal us present here today. But they refused healing. And to show how easily they might be healed, how simple it was to obtain forgiveness, Jesus allowed a miracle to happen in front of their eyes.

Someone wished for forgiveness that day. A paralysed man. He knew that he was paralysed because of sin. And if he could only be forgiven before he died, he would rest in peace. There was no way to enter the house where Jesus was teaching. But the paralytic wanted forgiveness so desperately that he did not stop at difficulty. How easily we might have!

When Jesus saw the man lowered through the newly made hole in the roof, He said "Your sins are forgiven." They were already forgiven! Immediately a calm came over the poor man. His muscles loosened in rest. He could die in peace now. And then to prove the effects of forgiveness, Jesus told him to pick up his bed and take it home.

This man was forgiven. He was forgiven only because he wanted it. There were no words, no eloquence, it didn't matter what language he spoke. God only required a persistent desire. That was enough.

How can I tell if I am forgiven completely?

By the strength of my love. Luke 7:36-50.

Who was the greatest sinner - Mary or Simon?

Both received help from Jesus. Both were grateful, but what a difference in their thankfulness. Simon was self-centred and disrespectful. Mary was honest, thoughtful, considerate, and courageous. And the entire difference was that Mary was forgiven much and Simon was forgiven little. "But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little." Luke 7:47

"While Mary was a sinner pardoned, he was a sinner unpardoned." Desire of Ages p.567

If the greater sinner is forgiven little than he is forgiven insufficiently.

Therefore: anyone who has some of their sins forgiven will love God a little; and anyone who has all their sins forgiven will love God completely.

Anyone who has unforgiven sin will love God insufficiently. Do we love God enough?

Gal. 5:16-24. "I mean this: Practice living by the Spirit and then by no means will you gratify the cravings of your lower nature. For the cravings of the lower nature are just the opposite to those of the Spirit, and the cravings of the Spirit are just the opposite of those of the lower nature; these two are opposed to each other, so that you cannot do anything you please…. Now the practices of the lower nature are clear enough: Sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, quarrelling, jealousy, anger, intrigues, dissensions, party-spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I now warn you, as I have done before, that those who practice such things shall not be heirs of the kingdom of God. But the product of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Jesus the Christ have crucified the lower nature with its passions and evil cravings." (Galatians 5:16-24 Williams translation.)

How often do I need forgiveness?

Constantly. 1 Corinthians 15:31

How interested is God in forgiving me?

Apparently this is one of the most important things in His life. Romans 8:32