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What do you do with the person who says, “I’ve asked God to forgive me about this, but I still feel guilty”?  I hear that statement over and over again.  I usually say to these people, “If you still feel guilty, then pray to God again.  But this time don’t ask Him to forgive you for the sin that is haunting you.  Rather, ask Him to forgive you for insulting His integrity by refusing to accept His forgiveness.  Who are you to refuse to forgive yourself when God has forgiven you?  When God promises to forgive His people when they repent, He is not playing games.  If He says He will forgive you, then He will forgive you.  And if God forgives you, you are forgiven.”   R.C. Sproul

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  1. i LOVED this quote when i first read it. for years I struggled with believing that God could (and did) forgive my past. and then He convicted me that my saying that was not some sense of humility on my part (like I had originally thought), but rather blatant unbelief in God’s character to do what He says. I love quotes like this… the ones that really help change my perspective from what my emotions believe to what the Bible says is true.

    Thanks for your comments, guys! :)

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