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Featured Can I be Forgiven? Am I in Sin?

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Choco143, Sep 10, 2019 at 1:49 PM.

  1. Choco143

    Choco143 New Member

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    When I say paid for, I do not mean pay as in money.
     
  2. Emmylouwho

    Emmylouwho New Member

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    Do you owe these people a lot of money?
     
  3. Choco143

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    I feel bad because I did not get caught. For example, if I went and did Graffiti, I would feel bad because they did not catch me. That is what I mean "paid."
     
  4. Emmylouwho

    Emmylouwho New Member

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    You were a MINOR when you “committed graffiti”. (Anyway, what’s wrong with graffiti? It’s as ancient an artwork as ever performed, and can be breathtakingly gorgeous. I have seen absolutely beautiful graffiti. )
     
  5. Choco143

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    Hah, I wish it was graffiti! Only an example. I was a shoplifter, underage drinker, and a smoker. I wish I would have been raised in a Christian home. I am thankful to be saved now!
     
  6. Emmylouwho

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    In fact, I see graffiti as a very raw, real, artwork, and a diary of sorts. It’s actually fascinating.
     
  7. Emmylouwho

    Emmylouwho New Member

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    Well, did you do graffiti or didn’t you?
     
  8. Choco143

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    No, I did not. I wish I was that artistic.
     
  9. GingerBeer

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    If you were dragged into crime and never paid the price - I think you may mean getting arrested and paying the legal penalty for the crime - then what can be done now to fix it? God is not the civil police force so it is not God who would arrest you and if you stole things then I suppose you could repay the value of what you took, maybe plus some to cover any losses associated with what was stolen. But none of that is about forgiveness and God's mercy. If you feel guilty then you can make amends but aside from that nothing can be done to undo the past.
     
  10. miggles

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    i think if you confess to the Almighty that He will take care of the rest.
     
  11. miggles

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    may i ask why you have that avatar? it looks cruel. jmo.
     
  12. Choco143

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    Okay, I just did not know if it would be sinful to just "move on."
     
  13. Choco143

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    It is a painting symbolizing the Lamb of God. It does look a little cruel. Maybe I should change it
     
  14. GraceBro

    GraceBro Eternally Forgiven, Alive, and Secure.

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    Hello. From reading your post, I would say you are a bit double-minded in your thoughts about forgiveness. You say, "I know that I am saved, and forgiven of all my sins." Then you say, "I continuously feel like God will not forgive me ..." Well, do you believe you are forgiven or not? The truth is that you were forgiven of all your sins before you were born. The Bible says, "in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19)." The police officer is correct. Your debt is paid. The guilt and condemnation you are feeling are not from God (Hebrews 10:22; Romans 8:1), they are from you not believing God has forgiven you. That is why Paul said, "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20)." In other words, you are forgiven! Stop holding sins against yourself that God is not holding against you and approach Him with confidence in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16). If you are feeling led to seek the forgiveness of those you hurt with your crimes, you may need to try and find them after all these years. Although, I think that is an exercise in futility. Those people may not be easy to find and may or may not be open to talking to you. But, that is something you need to work out with the Lord. But, remember, He is not holding your sins against you. Don't hold yours against yourself. Just recognize your sins, learn from them, and help others who may be experiencing something similar to you. Grace and Peace.
     
  15. Emmylouwho

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    Chico... shoplifting, underage drinking, and smoking are things that most teenagers probably have done at some point, whether they are Christian or not Christian. It’s a PHASE. People go through sooooo many phases from infancy till death and who could possibly know beyond that?

    Did you hurt anyone other than yourself when you in your rebellious phase?
     
  16. Chris35

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  17. Emmylouwho

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    I find it puzzling that you wish you were artistic enough to commit the crime of graffiti, a crime you didn’t actually commit. What’s up with that?
    Why on earth would you think Chico’s victims would not be forgiving?
     
  18. Emmylouwho

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    We’ll, duh. Wouldn’t you?
     
  19. Chris35

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    Of course i would, however I didnt point that out for me, but for him to understand, I believe he would forgive them as we all would.

    However he needs to come to the conclusion himself, so he needs to ask himself those questions.

    If he can forgive them, well then why cant he forgive himself?

    Dont worry Chico you have been forgiven, and if you still feel guilty about it, there will be many opportunities for you to forgive others, as we all have done wrong one way or another. If there was no forgivness, most of us would probably be in jail.

    All we can do is thank God for his mercy and forgivness and forgive others, as God forgives us.
     
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  20. Cis.jd

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    What did you steal, exactly?
     
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