Do you really believe you are forgiven?

Do you really believe Christ died to cleanse us from all the shameful, dirty, unkind things we have ever said or did?

If we could only see God's desire to draw us close and comfort us. He doesn't find us too dirty, too marred. He isn't ashamed to be called our Father. He loves us and reaches out to restore us to a close relationship with him and with others.

God doesn't condemn those who turn to him. He doesn't want us to wear a mantle of shame.

If you feel condemned, ask God to forgive you. He promises to cleanse (1 John 1:9) .

If you still feel condemned, hold tight to the knowledge that God does not condemn those who seek his refuge (Romans 8:1-4). Lean on his promise: He draws near to those who draw near to him (James 4:8).

Those who seek God will find him (Proverbs 8:17). And he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

Do you feel clean and forgiven? If you feel condemned, it may not be God talking.


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