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Forgiveness is the main issue in a life of righteousness for
without it there is no salvation.
Forgiveness is needed to maintain a right
standing before GOD and with GOD. Men seek forgiveness in different ways. One
great denomination relies strongly upon confession of one faults as a means to
obtain forgiveness and right standing before GOD. Others come before GOD and
ask Him to forgive them. In doing this they feel they receive absolution though
the methodology varies from denomination to denomination.
At times there is a missing ingredient in the process of
receiving forgiveness and that ingredient is repentance. Repentance is more than simply acknowledging wrongdoings.
literally means to turn, is the activity of reviewing one's actions and feeling
contrition or regret for past wrongs. It generally involves a commitment to
personal change and the resolve to live a more responsible and humane life.
So there it is.
Asking for forgiveness isn't enough. There must be Godly sorrow that causes one
to truly repent for the evil done and see to it that you don't repeat the acts
again. For forgiveness to be granted the petitioner must be sincere in his
repentance to the point of as John the Baptist said; "Therefore
produce fruit worthy of repentance."
To have no
intention of forsaking sinful acts is trying to deceive GOD and will make any
attempt to receive forgiveness null and void. Much of sin has pleasure attached
to it and makes it hard for the petitioner to feel sorrow for experiencing it.
This state is
like unto 2 Peter 2:21-22: "For it would be better for them not to have known the way
of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment
handed on to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A
dog returns to it's own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to
wallowing in the mire.”
Indulging in certain sinful pleasures makes it dreadfully
difficult to feel sorrow for doing it and to receive forgiveness.
Galatians 6:7-8 New Revised Standard Version
Do not be deceived; God is not
mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will
reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap
eternal life from the Spirit.
Is forgiveness available?
Absolutely, but on GOD'S terms. If we
confess our sins, he faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness.