Have you found that you continue to repeat the same sin even after “confessing” it to God? Why is that? Maybe because of your view of the basis of God’s forgiveness. You see, the popular thought is that God’s forgiveness is based on His mercy. Thinking that way will allow you to continue in your sinful ways. However, if you adopt a biblical view of the basis of God’s forgiveness, then you will think and feel differently about your sin and break the cycle of sin.
The bible teaches us that God’s forgiveness is based on His justice. If God were unjust, then He would be unholy. If He were unholy, His law would be imperfect. If His law were imperfect, then we would be able to battle against God like the Greeks and ancient civilizations who created gods who were imperfect. Their gods were murderous, immoral, scandalous, and man would pick and choose who they wanted to worship and allow the gods to battle among themselves.
However, God is Holy. His holiness demands justice. Justice demands full payment of the debt created by sin. Sin always creates a debt! No doubt you ever heard the expression about someone who is being released from prison, “He paid his debt to society.” Our sin creates a debt, not to society, but ultimately with God.
Jesus taught this prayer: Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. And forgive us our DEBT, as we forgive our debtors (KJV)
You either seek to work off your DEBT or you believe “on him that justifieth the ungodly”. See Rom 4:2-5.
Our debt problem is TOO deep for us to pay back. So God, in His justice, paid our debt. Col 2:13-14 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
On the cross of Calvary, Jesus canceled out the handwritten notice of legal indebtedness. He bore our sin in His body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24). He paid the legal penalty for our debt – death! (Romans 6:23)
We appropriate His payment on the cross when we trust in Jesus (Romans 3:28; 5:1) The payment of Christ on the Cross satisfied the demands for holiness by a just God (1 John 2:-2 the word “propitiation” means He satisfied the debt.)
The basis for your forgiveness is the justice of God.