God wants you restored

1 John 1:9 – …but if we acknowledge our sins, then God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and purify us from everything that is wrong.

Have you ever felt that familiar uneasiness that arises when you remember something wrong that you have done in your past, someone you hurt, or something you never got around to doing but probably should have?

Sometimes that old, ugly feeling leads us into a despair, and we wish that we could be rid of it.  But  how can you you be forgiven when we you are consumed with guilt and shame?

Many of us find it easier to forgive others than to forgive ourselves.

The truth is as much as you would like to, you cannot go in the past and correct past mistakes.

The worse we make ourselves feel about our sins and failings the more likely we’ll be to sin again in that same pathetic attempt to make ourselves feel better for having sinned!

And saying “I know God’s forgiven me, but I can’t forgive myself” is a form of pride.

So why don't you let God's forgiveness release you from the burdens and shackles?  There’s peace and joy in Him.

No matter what you have done, God has made a way for you to be set free—a very costly way for your restoration.

No matter what you've done, know that when Jesus died on the cross for you- your sins, mistakes, weaknesses and addictions went on the cross too.

God doesn’t bring up the things of the past; He doesn’t condemn you, nor hold forgiven sins and mistakes against you. In fact, God has looked at you and declared you innocent.

God wants you restored.  God wants you whole. His plans and purpose is for you to be free from guilt, free from depression, free from the past.  The scripture declares, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You need the freedom that comes from forgiveness, so why wait?  Take the time right now to ask God for forgiveness.  Even if you’ve asked Him before, ask Him again.  This time, fully receive God’s forgiveness.

Believe it.  Accept it.  Live in it.

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