Let me ask this question to whomever is listening or interested. What do you think your faith is?
Do you have a relationship with God or not?
Faith is believing and having hope anyway in what you cannot see. A true relationship with God is based on understanding His love and grace for us...in a 'sonship', or 'daughtership' way. A true son/daughter does not have to ask over and over for her Father to forgive, what He has taken care of..once 'they' believe it has been done. Having remorse for doing wrong, is different than having to ask God to make it right again. There is an attititude of 'remorse' that is always ongoing in a christians life...this is called 'humility'. It does not require that you throw up in God's face what He has removed; however, and this is the difference, in mho. He already knows your heart.
If you have a relationship with God, what does that mean?
Is it any different with anyone else with whom you have a relationship? Bad question. Of course it is. Yet it is the same in many ways.
No, it is not the same. No human relationship can take the place or be the same as that which we have with Christ.
Humans let us down; always...no matter whom they are. Even our own spouses...will let us down from time to time. Jesus can never fit into that mold, and He wants us to know the difference. He wants us to have the peace that surpasses all understanding, and you simply cannot have that peace unless you understand that He has taken care of your sins....fully and completely. Understanding this however, is not a salvational issue, because we grow in His grace....this takes time..just as it takes time to also understand how deeply He loves each and everyone of us. He does not love as we humanly love...His is far greater, and we all know this; but sometimes we seem to have a hard time accepting it.
Think of someone you love. Can you imagine deeply offending someone you love and not attempting to mend that relationship, especially if the offense was your fault?
I happen to believe it offends God, whom has said it is "DONE", to bring it up to His face over and over....look at it this way. Take your spouse...for even though it cannot be compared, it is the closest thing...
let's say you have been married for 20 years, and during the first year of your marriage you did something awful that you still regret doing. If your wife forgave you 20 years ago...does she still want you to keep bringing it up, as if it has not been forgotten?..well, that is how Jesus is...He said, ALL our sins are FORGOTTEN..not just removed; not just made white; FORGOTTEN:
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hbr 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
He wants our conscience to be clean...no guilt, simply because He wants us to grow to a point where our faith is complete. By that; I mean; it has been perfected by love and it is a process....that is why those whom claim 'babes' whom do not yet understand this and call them unsaved are in huge error. We are not supposed to judge any of God's servants...but, anyways..not getting off topic, our conscience HAS been cleansed; but faith must grow to understand what it means:
1 Tim 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience
2Ti 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from [my] forefathers with pure conscience
, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Tts 1:15 Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Hbr 9:9 Which [was] a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience
The law made nothing perfect; only bringing in of a better hope did..which is what was accomplished by Jesus Christ. That is why nothing outside of HIM is holy; sanctified; or saved.
Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hbr 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Do you see it?
We are to no longer be conscience of our sins....it takes FAITH; and faith perfected by love/grace will lead you to see this over time.
(that too is written)
Hbr 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
We have been washed; we are CLEAN.
I mean, even if you accidentally spill a cup of coffee on a stranger, you would bend over backwards apologizing and attempting to clean up the mess, wouldn't you?
is spilling coffee sin, that needs to be repented of?
How would your relationship with God be any different than that? If you harm or offend anyone, you owe an apology. If you harm or offend God through your actions, especially if your actions have offended one of his children.....you have some repenting to do. That's a bottom line. Honestly, I don't see how that would be confusing. It may or may not be a salvation issue...that's debatable.
He said to confess our sins one to another...I will stick with that..He doesnt see my sin. I walk by faith.
Even if it's not a salvation issue, you think you can willfully sin before God and not offend Him? That's almost insane to even think IMO.
No; I dont believe any christian can willfully sin.
Make no mistake. God is holy and he doesn't dig sin, Christian or no.
But, He does forgive and remove it.