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Pardoning Grace

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"--and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

(PSALMS 34:17-18 NIV)
(17) The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (18) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

(PSALMS 34:21-22 NIV)
(21) Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. (22) The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

(PSALMS 37:23-24 NIV)
(23) If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; (24) though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

(PSALMS 65:2-4A NIV)
(2) O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come. (3) When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. (4) Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts!

(PSALMS 68:19-20 NIV)
(19) Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. (20) Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.

(PSALMS 85:1-3 NIV)
(1) You showed favour to your land, O Lord; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. (2) You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. Selah (3) You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.

(PSALMS 85:8-9 NIV)
(8) I will listen to what God the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints - but let them not return to folly. (9) Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

(PSALMS 86:5) (NIV)
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

(PSALMS 103:1-3 NIV)
(1) Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. (2) Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - (3) who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

(PSALMS 103:2-4 NIV)
(2) Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - (3) who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, (4) who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

(PSALMS 103:8-12 NIV)
(8) The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (9) He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; (10) he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. (11) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; (12) as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

(PSALMS 130:3-4 NIV)
(3) If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? (4) But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

(PSALMS 130:5,7-8 NIV)
(5) I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. (7) O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. (8) He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

(PSALMS 145:13B-14 NIV)
(13) The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. (14) The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

(ISAIAH 1:18) (NIV)
"Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

(ISAIAH 53:4-5 NIV)
(4) Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. (5) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

(ISAIAH 53:6)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

(ISAIAH 53:10-11 NIV)
(10) Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. (11) After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

(JOHN 3:16) (NIV)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

(ACTS 10:43) (NIV)
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

(1TIMOTHY 1:15) (NIV)
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst.

(TITUS 3:4-7) (NIV)
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

(HEBREWS 7:24-25 NIV)
(24) but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. (25) Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

(HEBREWS 9:24-28 NIV)
(24) For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. (25) Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. (26) Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. (27) Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, (28) so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

(HEBREWS 10:19-22 NIV)
(19) Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, (20) by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, (21) and since we have a great priest over the house of God, (22) let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

(1PETER 2:24) (NIV)
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

(1 JOHN 1:9‑10) (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. {10} If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

(1JOHN 2:1-2 NIV)
(1) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (2) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

(1JOHN 2:9) (NIV)
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.

(5) To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, (6) and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father - to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.