• Receiving God’s Forgiveness Devotional

    Revelation 12:7-12

    God the Holy Spirit does not accuse us; He convicts us and comforts us. That means that conviction by the Spirit will be followed by a sense of peace and cleanliness. If we have confessed our sins and still feel as if we have not been forgiven, it is likely that Satan and his demons are attempting to do their work of accusation in our lives. We must stand against them in such instances, reminding them of the surety of the Lord’s promises and thus our forgiveness in Jesus. View Resource

  • The Only Cure Is Forgiveness Devotional

    1 John 1:8-9

    Our sin is worthy of infinite punishment, but the good news of the gospel is that our Lord is infinitely merciful toward His people. He does not hold anything back when He forgives us, but He lavishes His grace upon us when we turn from our wicked ways and rest in Him alone. If you are feeling guilty and dirty this day, know that cleansing and restoration are readily available if you repent and ask God for forgiveness in the name of Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Unable to Pray Devotional

    Matthew 18:21-35

    If we look at other world religions, we see all manner of rituals designed to help individuals repay their debt to the Creator. But all these acts can offer is false hope. We cannot hope to repay the infinite debt we owe to God, so we must rely on an infinitely worthy person to do it for us. That person is the Son of God, who, having taken on a human nature, satisfies the infinite debt we owe to the Lord. If you have trusted in Him, your debt to God has been paid. That is good news indeed. View Resource

  • What Do You Do with Your Guilt? Devotional

    Romans 3:23

    We will see in the days ahead that only Christianity can offer a guilty person peace with God because only Christianity has an atonement. Today the question we must all ask ourselves is what to do with our guilt. If we know Christ, we take it to Him in repentance, confident that He will forgive us when we turn from our sin. Perhaps you have not yet trusted Christ. If not, today is the day. Believe on Him and you will be forgiven and reconciled to God. View Resource

  • The Non-Imputation of Sin Devotional

    Romans 4:6–8

    As we will see in due time, the counting or imputation we enjoy in justification is not merely a negative imputation but also a positive one. Dr. Sproul also writes, “The only righteousness we possess is the righteousness of Christ, and we possess it by transfer, by reckoning, by imputation.” We stand before God in Christ; though He knows we have sinned, He does not regard us as unrighteous but as righteous. He gives us eternal life according to Christ’s righteousness, not our own. View Resource

  • The Call for Repentance Devotional

    Joel 2:12–27

    True repentance is confidently grounded in what God says about Himself in His Word, but it expresses itself in humility toward Him. We come before our Creator with confidence that He is faithful and just to forgive our sins (1 John 1:8–9), but we come humbly, refusing to believe or affirm that He owes us forgiveness. Every act of divine forgiveness is an instance of the Lord keeping His promises to pardon His people, but it is at the same time a forgiveness we never deserve. View Resource

  • Reasoning with the LORD Devotional

    Isaiah 1:18–31

    Isaiah 1:18 is a great promise indeed, assuring us that no matter how much sin has stained our souls, God can cleanse us completely and make us stand before Him as His holy people. But for this to happen, we must repent. We must agree with the Lord’s evaluation of sin in our lives—that it deserves His wrath—and then we must renounce it, asking for God’s pardon and strength that we might resist temptation. We do this not just once but every day of our lives. View Resource

  • The Mandate to Forgive Devotional

    Matthew 18:21–35

    Calvin also comments, “No one may presume to approach God and ask forgiveness, who is not pure and free from all resentment.” If we are withholding forgiveness from those who have truly and humbly sought our pardon, then we are claiming rights for ourselves to which we have no title. We are saved only by God’s grace, and that reality must show itself in all our actions. If we have been forgiven by the Lord in Christ, we will forgive others. View Resource

  • The Fifth Petition Devotional

    Psalm 143:1–2

    When we ask the Father to forgive us in Jesus’ name, we are asking Him to do something that He has promised to do. Therefore, we can be confident that He forgives us when we seek His face. This is all of grace, it is not something we can demand based on ourselves but only something we plead for because of the Lord’s gracious promises. Let us seek each and every day to recall and confess our sins that we might be assured anew of God’s forgiveness. View Resource

  • The Duty of Forgiveness Devotional

    Colossians 3:12–14

    The forgiveness we enjoy from God in Christ Jesus has consequences for our lives. First, we are absolved from guilt and never need to fear His wrath again. Furthermore, God’s forgiveness means that we, too, must forgive those who have sinned against us when they express sorrow for what they have done. We are not allowed to hold grudges against others, but we must embrace other believers as brothers and sisters when they ask for our forgiveness. View Resource

  • Embracing the Penitent Devotional

    Luke 15:11–31

    Although not everyone who has been subjected to church discipline repents, there are many times when a disciplined sinner is humbled by the church’s treatment and, forsaking sin, returns to the fold. When this happens, church leaders and laypeople must be prepared to receive that person as a co-heir in Christ and not gossip or otherwise mistreat the offender. The church must be the place where repentant people feel the most welcome (2 Cor. 2:5–11). View Resource

  • The Church and Forgiveness Devotional

    John 20:19–23

    John Calvin comments that Christ “does not convey to [the Apostles and their successors] what is peculiar to himself. It belongs to him to forgive sins… . [Instead, He] enjoins them, in his name, to proclaim the forgiveness of sins, that through their agency he may reconcile men to God.” Those under discipline must take it seriously indeed, for discipline that is faithful to Scripture is God’s way of warning us that we may not be truly converted. View Resource

  • Once for All Devotional

    Hebrews 9:23–28

    If Christ’s sacrifice of Himself was insufficient to save us and must be offered again and again, then we have no hope of salvation. A sacrifice that has to be repeated is a weak and ineffectual sacrifice that cannot atone for sin or break its power in our lives. Thanks be to God, our Lord’s atonement was a once-for-all atonement. It is powerful and effectual to save, and if we trust in Christ alone, our sins are fully and finally covered for all eternity. View Resource

  • Sending Away our Sins Devotional

    Isaiah 1:18

    In Christ, our guilt has been dealt with. When we trust in Jesus alone, we are forgiven of our sins. They are sent out of God’s sight, not in that He pretends they never happened but in that they are covered by the righteousness of Jesus. If you are in Christ, you never need to worry that God will make you pay the eternal penalty of hell for your sins. You have peace with Him, peace that fuels service in His name. View Resource

  • The Forgiveness of Sins Devotional

    Micah 7:18–19

    Those whom God forgives are forgiven indeed. He does not actually forget what we have done, but He no longer holds our wickedness against us when we trust in Christ. Through the blood of Christ, He sees us as righteous and acceptable in His sight, and He will not take this status from us. We find it hard not to hold the sins of others against them, but the Lord readily and easily refuses to hold our sins against us if we are in Christ. View Resource