Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. Psalm 103:3
This is a continuation from the previous verses in 2 other parts l spoke on in earlier dates. l like to focus on this great verse and try not to take much time in doing so. I believe it is important not to overlook forgiveness as when we do, we tend to take much for granted. By saying we forgive then leave it till something flares up again is not good. Much more when we get angry again at the same thing when before we had said we forgive for this and that is hypocrisy. Not only is forgiveness important in the Christian's life, but it is also important in every ones life even for non-believers or non- Christians. We all want to be forgiven. We want faults forgiven with and put behind us never to be remembered. But, sad to say, we do remember. This in NOT true forgiveness! I for one had experienced all of what I just told you here. I experienced this in the past and present. l am sure l will experience it again in the future though l do not want to. l do not want to come to a point that I would ask forgiveness from one because I failed to forgive him in the past. I want to come across as a respectful man to all l meet although you don't know that desire inside of me. None of us do. Forgiveness is a most important part of life as without it you will not be a happy person. You will not truly be joyful nor will you be at peace with yourself if you have an unforgiving spirit in you.
The LORD does forgive us from our iniquities, stubborn pride and vile sins. 1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous. How can God forgive us from our sins when we can't even forgive others? In 1 John, one tiny word says it all: IF we confess..., IF not WHEN, because many never confess their sins before a Holy God. He does forgive all our iniquities, errors, faults, sins - IF we confess our sins. Do you confess your sins like David did? He had an affair with Bathsheba and did evil in the sight of the Lord. Have you ever commited adultery, murder, rape, lie, cheat, steal, covet, bear false witness, gang-kill someone, butcher an innocent little baby, commit sacrilege or involved in sodomy? If you have and have never confessed your sins, GOD will NEVER forgive you. He will only IF you confess your sins to Him. He will forgive all your sins and iniquities. When you call upon Him, He will save you from eternal damnation in hell. Then, your sins and iniquities will He remember no more (Hebrews 8:12). Amen to that! Yet, so many really forget this wonderful verse in Scripture. It is a promise of God.
He has promised in the Holy Bible He will forgive. When He says He will, He most certainly will. David said in Psalm 51:3, "For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me." Have you acknowledged your transgressions or sins before the Lord? Have you (yes, quite many of you except those who are really true to their callings), pastors, church worker, church planters, deacons, whoever you may be or what ever position you may hold, really confessed your sins before GOD as David did? Or are you just living and asking the Lord to forgive you just so you can say you confessed your sins? Yet in reality, many of you made false profession of confession on your part thinking you have just did your duty to God. When in fact, you have mocked God in heaven who created you by creating a false statement towards God calling Him a liar. Which means making you out to be a built-up person who is so righteous, pompous, and proud that nothing or no one can come close to you in all that you are. You pretend to be most holy, sure, right, exact, never wrong, and therefore you make yourself to be a god. If you build yourself up you make yourself a god, God still can forgive you IF you confess your sins. Luke 17:3 says "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him." Read the following verse (verse 4) which says "And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." Then forgive him or her. If we are to forgive others, do you think God is not better than us that He forgives us when we confess our sins to Him? Then, why should we not confess our sins to others and ask forgiveness from them where we have done wrong? Remember, there is repentance mentioned here also. He will forgive you and your sins IF you confess them to Him and He will remember them no more. But, you must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. If not even though you forgive, hell awaits you still.
I have no enough time to go into much detail anymore. Yet, you can look other similiar verses up in the Bible. Compare and study them. IF you are saved, the Lord will give to you and show you much. He will teach you all you need to know about this doctrine of forgiveness.
The second part of the verse says: "...who healeth all thy diseases." Are you diseased with some infliction? Maybe you are so burdened down with your sins that you never confess. Maybe you are sick. Maybe you need a spiritual awakening and healing from the Lord God who created you. The Lord does allow many to suffer. If you suffer greatly physically thru illnesses or sickness and deaths of family members or friends, remember, you are going thru this for a reason. God can and does heal. He will heal IF you confess your sins. If you do, He will create in you a clean heart and new spirit (Psalm 51:10). Exodus 15:26 says: "for I am the LORD that healeth thee." Isaiah 53:5 says: "with his stripes we are healed." Matthew 13:15, John 12:40 and Acts 28:27 say: "...and I should heal them." John 4:47 says: "...and heal his son." 1 Peter 2:24 says: "...by whose stripes ye were healed." Read these portions and study them. See the Lord Jesus healed people. He will and can heal you if you let Him. He can heal any infliction and affliction, disease or infirmity. Have you called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, confessed Him with your tongue and believe on Him with your heart? Until you do you will see death in hell and not life in heaven. It is up to you friend. I pray you make the choice the LORD Jesus Christ expects you to make. Choose - joy, happiness, praising the Lord and light with Him or darkness, loneliness, screaming and fire with the devil?
Again, it is up to you, my friend. l pray you make the choice that will save you and send you to heaven to be forever with the Lord. If you do, you shall see Him face to face. Amen.
(c) Mike Carey, October 2011