I am writing to you, little children,because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.- 1 John 2:12 (ESV)
We are called Christians.
That is how we are identified. It is a label that has meaning for us. It means that we are part of of the Family. It means that we are part of the Fellowship. It means that we part of the Faithful.
Most of all, it means that we are FORGIVEN.
How do we know that we are forgiven?
John said so in this epistle. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness(1 John 1:9, NKJV).
Paul said so in Colossians. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses (Colossians 2:13, NKJV).
Jesus said so in the Gospels. Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men (Matthew 12:31, NKJV). Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.(Luke 6:37, NKJV). If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained (John 20:30, NKJV).
Ultimately, we have to learn to live differently as being forgiven for his name’s sake (1 John 2:12). We have to learn that we are forgiven, and then we can learn how to live in the knowledge of our forgiveness. Finally, we must learn to live and forgive, so that we can live in freedom among the forgiven.