Unfortunately, some people have it in their minds that they are too bad to be forgiven and that their sins are irremissible, but God stands ready and willing to forgive! Psalm 86:5 says of God, “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” The prophet Isaiah said, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” The history of mankind is replete with wickedness and ungodliness. From Genesis 4:8, when Cain slew his brother Able on through to this present age, mankind has perpetrated heinous crimes one right after the other against God and fellow man.
Ancient Israel sinned against God and his commandments constantly, yet the prophet Micah had the confidence in God to say, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy-Micah 7:18.” “Good King Hezekiah” had a son named Manasseh. Manessah became King at the age of twelve and he ruled for fifty-five years per 2 Kings 21:1. The text tells us that he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. He magnified idol worship and even brought idols into the Temple. The text goes as far to tell us that he made his son to “pass through the fire”, 2 Kings 21:6. This is a sure reference to the heathen worship of Molech. This wicked King seduced the Israelites to do more evil than the other nations God had destroyed before them, 2 Kings 21:9. Manessah shed innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to the other, 2 Kings 21:16. If it weren’t for the record we have in the Chronicles, we would have no idea that this wicked King repented and got his life right before he died. He had a change of heart after God brought upon him the Assyrians, which bound him and brought him to Babylon, 2 Chronicles 33:11. It was during this affliction that Manessah besought the Lord, humbled himself greatly, and prayed unto him. He tore down the alters of the false Gods and repaired the alter of the Lord, 2 Chronicles 33:12-16. After all the wickedness Manessah was involved in, God forgave him.
Paul, the great Apostle to the world, considered himself to be the Chief (1st) among sinners, 1 Timothy 1:15. The Bible records for us in Acts 8:3, Saul, laid waste the Church. The very institution that Jesus died to purchase, of which Saul made havoc. Jesus died for Saul, just as he did for every man, Hebrews 2:9, and God stood ready to forgive him. When Saul obeyed the Gospel in Acts 9:18, he was baptized into Christ and had ALL of his sins washed away, Acts 22:16.
Do you know that God is still in the business of forgiveness? God wants you to be with him in heaven! No matter what sin a person might have committed or be daily engaged in, God desires to forgive! Paul in writing to the Corinthian brethren said, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. These people had formerly been guilty of ten sins that cover about everything a man can involve himself in pertaining to sin today, yet God had forgiven them.
In Ephesians 2:1-6, Paul explains the awesomeness of Gods forgiveness to those who in time past had walked according to the world, fulfilling the lust of their flesh. In that text he presents God as one who is “rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” God is the very essence of everything good, and forgiveness is just one of those attributes. Whether one is guilty of murder, homosexuality, lying, stealing, cheating, adultery, fornicating, if you can name it, God can forgive it. Gods’ forgiveness hinges upon those coming to God through Christ, Hebrews 7:25.
If one will hear the word of God, Romans 10:17, Believe Jesus is the Son of God, John 8:24, Repent of their Sins (turn from them) Luke 13:3, Confess Jesus sweet name, Matthew 10:32, be buried with him in baptism, Romans 6:3-7; Acts 2:38, and live faithful, Matthew 10:22, Revelation 2:10. God stands ready to forgive, ANYONE!