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Forgiven and Free – Fooled by Feelings or In the Know?

The following quote made me stop and think. Do I bank my future on what I feel or what I know? How about you? Are you fooled by what you feel? Do you need to know whether you’re forgiven and free?

David Hocking quote about feeling forgiven: Forgiven and free - fooled by feelings or in the know?
Feelings can fool us. We need to know we’re forgiven!

To be sure, we need to go to the Source. The Bible helps us know whether we’re forgiven and how to fix it if we’re not. Feelings change but the Word of the Lord abides forever.

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Matthew 6:14, 15

“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”

Matthew 12:31

“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:38

“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 10:43

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

Ephesians 1:7

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:13. 14

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

15 replies on “Forgiven and Free – Fooled by Feelings or In the Know?”

Great post and topic! I find it important to ground forgiveness in reconciliation. This is what Jesus does on our behalf, as we cannot do anything to repair the relationship. His work is one sided, meaning it is objectively accomplished “in Him”. To believe that He saves us is just that, our belief. Whether it is a strong or weak belief, it is all we need. Our feelings do not impact what He won. We may have worries and doubts because our feelings tell us we are bad people don’t believe enough and so on, but this does not change the fact that Jesus secures us, not we Him.

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Amen! I think often times we have trouble with forgiveness because we assign our human characteristics to God. If we would have trouble forgiving someone who did what we did, we don’t feel He would forgive us. Or, if we feel our infractions are small, we might feel forgiven without repentance. We cannot rely on human feelings to decipher biblical truth! Thank you for the uplifting discussion!

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