A reader asks:
I was previously married for two years before becoming a Christian. I'm now happily married to another Christian and we have three handsome boys. I confessed my sins for the wrong that I did. Do you think will God forgive me?
I don't "think" God will forgive you, I KNOW He will forgive you:
1 John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We cannot always avoid the consequences of our sin in our life, but EVERY time we SINCERELY repent and ask God's forgiveness, God does forgive. He does this not because He must, or because we are "worth it" but because it glorifies CHRIST. God forgives because of Christ, in honor of Christ, to glorify Christ and to fulfill Christ.
No where in Scripture do we ever find the principle of committing a 2nd wrong to correct a first. What we do find repeatedly is the idea that we start right now, right where are at in whatever situation obeying God's commands from that moment on . God does not command us to divorce a current spouse to go back and "fix" and unBiblical divorce from the past.
We are to have God's mind about marriage TODAY in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, and live from now on by God's word concerning life long marriage.
The principle of God's forgiveness on a daily basis is the same: Have you confessed the sin (acknowledged it it wrong in God's eyes) and repented (set your mind to not do that sin again)? Then it is forgiven. Put it in the past, press on towards your high calling in Christ.
Unlike modern therapy, we are not callled to live in the past and constantly be "recovering" from them. You can't change yesterday, and you have no promise of tomorrow. TODAY is the Lord's day in your life, the only day in which you will be held accountable to obey God, confess your sins and press on.
Philippians 3:13-15 (NKJV; emphasis mine) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.