All Christians believe that God forgives sins, but not many of us feel, deep down in our bones, that God delights to forgive. Many times, deep down, we wonder if God is that happy forgiving us. But the truth is this, if we are ever going to feel, live in this reality, and not just confess that God delights to forgive those who come to him through Jesus, we will need to grasp why he forgives.
The first fundamental thing to know is this, Forgiveness reveals God’s heart. Our God and Father his one whose heart is broad as the heavens, deep as the seas, kind as the morning sun. If we travel into the inner chambers of God’s heart, we will find the home of everything pleasant: mercy, grace, and enough Forgiveness to cover the world twice over. Psalm 86:5 says “He is good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon him”
Our Father that Christ revealed to us does not hoard his forgiveness like a miser with his money. The storehouses of his heart are always open and stocked with all the grace we will ever need. With God, there is forgiveness, and it’s not out of reluctance or necessity, but out of the overflow of his broad heart.
The second thing is this, forgiveness fulfills God’s plan. Searching through the old testament, we see a consistent promise from Genesis to Malachi; God reconciling men unto himself, and forgiveness was the end product of that plan.
Matt 26:28 says “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”.
Isa 53:4-5 “Surely, he hath borne our griefs, carried our sorrows, pierced for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities”.
Through forgiveness, Jesus fulfills God’s ancient mission. He plunders the domain of darkness and fills his Father’s house with many sons and daughters (John 14:2, Hebrews 2:10). You do not need to persuade this Savior to forgive you. Forgiveness is why he came.
Lastly, Forgiveness glorifies Christ Jesus. All forgiveness comes through the crucified Christ, who fulfilled every letter of God’s law, paid every cent of our debt, and swallowed up every drop of God’s wrath. Every forgiven sinner stands safe behind the scars of Jesus Christ. And therefore, forgiveness glorifies the name of Christ, it is “for his name’s sake” 1 John 2:12. God’s forgiveness does not mainly emphasize our worth but also Jesus’s. Because forgiveness glorifies Christ’s name, he does not forgive half-heartedly.
What makes God glad to forgive you? Not your merits, not your vows, and not your future potential, but rather the worth of the Lamb who was slain. Forgiveness is yours always in Christ Jesus.