Do I need forgiveness?

Every person has hurt someone and has needed forgiveness from the one who was they wronged. In the same way, everyone has sinned against God and is in need of his forgiveness.

Perhaps you’re thinking, But, I’m not as bad as someone I know. That person has They've done a lot worse things than I have. Perhaps that’s true. However, God doesn’t ask us to compare ourselves with other people in order to determine if we need forgiveness. He tells us to compare ourselves with him. Without exception, when anyone compares himself or herself themselves to God, that person will always fall short of his standards for perfection.

In a prayer, the ancient King David wrote, “For no one is innocent before you," because “the Lord is righteous in everything he does” (Psalm 143:2b; 145:17a).

Contrary to what we often believe, no amount of good acts (works), rituals, sacrifices, meditation, enlightenment, or higher learning can bridge the gap between us and God— because we are sinful—and God is righteous.

Since we can’t measure up to God, what do we need in order to be in right relationship with him? The answer is—we need forgiveness. It may be difficult for some people to admit they need to be forgiven. However, if we can let go of our pride, we will be able to experience God’s love and forgiveness just like King David who said, “O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help” (Psalm 86:5). There is great freedom of heart for the person who is willing to admit that he or she they falls short of God’s standards, because it’s only then that he or she can receive his forgiveness.

When we come to God with a humble heart and admit our need for forgiveness, God is pleased and he will receive us. Again, in prayer, King David wrote: “You [God] do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God” (Psalm 51:16-17).

If you are ready to receive God’s forgiveness, you might wonder what you have to do. The first step is to acknowledge your sins and to accept the payment Jesus made for them. Note the great drama of forgiveness that God provides through Jesus- “You were dead because of your sins...then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).

That’s something to thank God for!