Our past mistakes do not define who we are, because our identity is in Christ. We are under God’s umbrella. His love, mercy, and grace overwhelms us when we are living a Godly life.
A perfect example of God’s forgiveness is in the Book of Acts, chapter nine, where Saul murdered Jesus’ followers. Jesus redeemed Saul and made him into a powerful man of God. God forgave him for being a murderer and used him to spread the Gospel all over the world. If God forgave Saul, God can forgive us.
Acts 13:9 states that Saul’s name was changed to Paul after His encounter with God. God did not only transform Saul’s life, but He changed his identity to have a fresh start as a Christian. Today, God does the same thing for us. Hebrews 13:8 declares “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God may not change our name when we start following Him, but he does transform us into His image. He teaches us how to live a Godly life. He changes us from the inside out. God makes us a new person through Him – the Holy Spirit.
One of the most incredible characteristics of God is His forgiveness and mercies He has for mankind. The best way to learn how to forgive is by God’s example.