- Psalm 32:5 ESV
I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
- Psalm 51:1-2 ESV
Have mercy on me,O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
- Psalm 103:11-12 ESV
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
- Proverbs 28:13
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
- Isaiah 1:18 HCSB
“Come, let us discuss this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;though they are as red as crimson,
they will be like wool.
- Isaiah 43:25
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
- Daniel 9:9 NIV
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him
- Micah 7:18 HCSB
Who is a God like You,
removing iniquity and passing over rebellion
for the remnant of His inheritance?
He does not hold on to His anger forever,
because He delights in faithful love.
- Matthew 26:28 HCSB
For this is My blood that establishes the covenant;it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.
- Acts 2:38 ESV
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receivethe gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Acts 3:19 HCSB
Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
- Acts 10:43 HCSB
All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.
- Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
- Colossians 1:13-14 NIV
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- Hebrews 10:17 ESV
then he adds,“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
- 1 John 1:7-9 HCSB
But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- 1 John 2:2 HCSB
He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
Accepting Christ’s forgiveness can be a struggle at times. Maybe we try to hold ourselves to a perfect standard, trying ever so hard to be good enough and erase our sin on our own merit. Maybe shame makes us feel like God can’t use us because of our past and because of what we’ve done.
But God’s grace and His forgiveness are perfect. He doesn’t need our striving and all our effort to make grace happen.
And sometimes God doesn’t use us despite of our past; He uses us because of it. The transformation work He does in us shows others what Christ can do when we give ourselves to Him.
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