“God sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10).
There was an old mantra of Puritan dogma that read, “No child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness.”
I agree. Your sin is never so great that it extends beyond the grace of God. But let’s return to the words of John. Jesus didn’t come to simply forgive your sin, but to take away your sin.
If your walk with Christ is genuine, you will never be satisfied to experience forgiveness. You will settle for nothing less than transformation. You will ask God to forgive your sins, but also to remove your sins.
Here’s a good way to measure your personal growth. Do you find yourself repenting of the same sins today that dominated your life this time last year? If so, you may be slack in your development. It is when you see your sins melting away and your desires for righteousness increasing that you know you are walking in lasting recovery.
Recovery Step: Ask God to remove the sins he has already forgiven.