One of the most important issues regarding salvation is that of the Sorry. from the Genesisthe first book of the Bible you will be able to observe and realize the great number of people who transgressed God's laws and sinned.
As you read and discover the different experiences that the different characters went through you will also realize how God the Father The Eternal One exercises his mercy on the sorry and restore these people.
Throughout hundreds of years, many people have received great joy and inner peace in understanding and accepting the forgiveness of the Lord. However, many other people continue to carry a burden of guilt, remorse and insecurity because they do not properly understand the doctrine of Christ nor have a firm testimony of that doctrine. As you read the different circumstances that each prophet, disciple or individual went through in each of the experiences narrated in the bible, you will realize that they are stories full of internal and external struggles, and also the triumph over the sin and the forces of evil.
God longs and desires that we live in a worthy and firm manner, keeping His commandments. He earnestly desires that we may make progress to change our bad behaviors and to draw closer to Him, so that we may receive his forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a process, not an event, and it begins with the repentance. The beginning and the completion of the process of repentance leading to forgiveness is faith in Jesus Christ, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Our faith in Him as Savior and Redeemer causes a deep sorrow for our transgressions, a broken heart and a contrite spirit to be born in us, and we feel responsible for having committed them. This is followed by a change of attitude and an approach to God.
We took the resolution of be obedientto not be negligent and to strive even more to know and love our Heavenly Father, and to obey His laws and commandments. From beginning to end, we pray to Him for forgiveness, the strength to resist temptation and His guidance to fill our lives with all that He considers good. We seek forgiveness from people we may have hurt and try to repair as far as we can the damage done.
During the process of repentance, we experience feelings of remorse, guilt and guilty consciences that make us suffer; however, our suffering does not satisfy the demands of justice which are the consequences of disobedience to divine laws. We cannot pay the price for our sins.
The risen Christ has said:
"For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they should not suffer, if they repent."
However, the God's forgivenessThe gift He gives us, which is a gift, does not become effective until we accept it. True and complete repentance is a process by which we reconcile ourselves with God and with the Lord. we accept the divine gift of forgiveness.
In order to receive divine forgiveness, it is essential that we acknowledge and accept the mercy of our FatherThe atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and our determination to obey the principles of the gospel are within our reach.
Each of us must ask ourselves How do I know I have been forgiven?
After completing the steps of repentance, of trusting in God's grace and mercy, it is completely natural for us to testify of the Savior and His atoning sacrifice, and to strive to be an example of believers.
The ancient prophet Isaiah taught:
"stop doing evil... "learn to do good....
"If your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; if they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:16-18).
And it continues:
"I certainly carry our diseasesand suffered our pains ...
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4-5).
3. Forgiveness Result
For the best efforts of following Christ and obeying God's commandmentsand with the Savior's atonement made by and for each one of us we can have the grace of the Heavenly Father, as we learn in Ephesians 2:8-9.
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, not of yourselves, but it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Another of the magnificent results is the bliss and joy What it feels like to know with certainty that God extends to us and gives us the miracle of forgiveness, we feel that we are freed from the chains of sin and we really get to experience a deeper happiness knowing that our sins have been erased and more importantly that in the process we have become closer to God and better understand His will.
How good it is to know that we can experience the Miracle of God's Forgiveness and feel safe and happy for eternity.