The question that prevents us to have a close and constant relationship with God. There was a time I lived to impress God, I wanted to be perfect for Him and I honestly thought that was what He expected from me.
God does not want anybody’s perfection or over-righteousness. He wants us to go to Him in that state of weariness, tiredness and brokenness. Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (KJV)
We perceive God to be like us, when we are offended by our neighbour, we take many days even weeks to forgive and when we do, we do not forget easily. We keep alluding to the offence in case the forgiven party dared to forget how merciful we were.
God is nothing like that. He forgives immediately as soon as you learn from the transgression, resolve never to commit it again and genuinely ask for forgiveness from Him. He does not take days or hours, His forgiveness is instant but you also have to believe that you have received forgiveness lest you still walk around carrying feelings of guilt.
The reason why we struggle with receiving forgiveness from God is because we still haven’t known Him. Whenever we face trials we get into inner dialogues asking “What if God is punishing me for what I did last week or yesterday?” We feel as if God is conspiring against us because of our sins.
God is never against us, He is for us;
Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?” (KJV)
And once we know this fact then we face each day trusting the Holy Spirit to direct our path daily and convict us when we get into sin. We do not need intercession or a physical church presence to receive forgiveness, only a sincere and contrite heart.
When I learnt of His forgiving nature, I fought against all mental condemnation of my sins in the Spirit until I understood what He meant by renewing of the mind. And from this point on, I began facing life from a place of rest.