You will know that I am the LORD, O people of Israel, when I have honoured my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness, says the Sovereign Lord—he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities—But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by Him. He makes people right with himself only by faith—God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead—If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord!
Ezek.20:44 NLT; Ps. 103:10 NIV; Rom. 5:8 NASB; Rom.3:30; 4:24; I Jn. 1:9 NASB; Rom.4:8 NLT
God does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor is He a doting parent who overlooks our wrongdoing. His honor is too important for that and so His mercy is severe, requiring the death of His own Son that we might be forgiven. What a humbling mercy this. Our comprehension of this mercy will be seen in our glad forgiveness of those who sin against us. This is the continuing good news the Gospel brings–forgiveness recieved and extended, for the honor of God’s name.
‘And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.’ Lk.11:4 NASB