Many people struggle because they apologize but yet still feel unforgiven. And often, we feel as though we have repented for the wrong and harm that has been caused but yet fall into the same destruction as before. Thankfully, scripture does reveal to us a way in which we may know with all certainty that we have not only repented but have also been forgiven.
Scripture reveals to us in 1 John 1 verse 9 that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The word confess, is the Greek work “Homologeo” and means “to say the same thing as another” or “to agree with and acknowledge.”
Often times when people make a confession they are only sorry for the consequences of their fault but still do not change their reasoning. Their mind has not been transformed and they do not think differently. Therefore forgiveness cannot be rendered to the individual. We have another study entitled “confession” that will go over in more detail how exactly we are able to confess.
Scripture reveals to us that when a true confession has taken place two things will occur in which we may know we have received not only forgiveness but power.
When we truly make a confession our mind is no longer thinking the same thoughts. This is the promise that Father gives us of a new and clean heart.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.(Ezekiel 36:26)
The heart is actually speaking about the mind and our desires. So when Father gives us a new heart it is because our mind has been transformed and we no longer desire after the same things. The spirit is power that helps us stand against temptations. Acts chapter 1 verse 8 reveals to us that when we receive a new spirit we will receive power.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you:
Not until we recognize these promises wrought in our life can we be assured of forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness without these things is to no avail. Father cannot take away a sin that we are still clinging too. This is what it means to be forgiven.
1 John 1:9 says that “he is faithful and just to FORGIVE us our sin”
This word is “Aphieme” and means “to send away” or to “forsake” or “lay aside” Father cannot send something away from our hearts that we are not truly repentant of. He does not force our hand because he has given to us free will.
So the way in which we know we have been forgiven is when we receive power and a new mind over these sins.
In 2 Corinthians 7:10 we are told that there are two types of repentance. One that is of this world and worketh death and one that is of God and works towards our salvation.
“For GODLY sorrow worketh REPENTANCE to SALVATION. . . but the sorrow of the WORLD worketh DEATH”
If we are seeking repentance but are not seeing these changes wrought within our lives Father cannot honor our request. We can be assured of forgiveness when we have completely forsaken the sin and have been renewed in our minds and received power from Father to stand against the temptation. I hope this study brought assurance of how we can not only receive forgiveness but can also be assured and know that he has wiped that sin away from us.