Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1,2
In the following Psalm David goes through "The Seven Steps to Freedom" from the bondage that held him in his sin, bringing about deliverance and restoration in his life, allowing the grace, mercy and forgiveness from his heavenly Father to once again flow into his heart. It is very important to note that sin has consequences and even though we are forgiven and cleansed of our sin, the results of our actions can follow us as they did David all the days of his life.
The first step to forgiveness after one is convicted by the Holy Spirit is to call upon the mercy of God who knows you better than you know yourself and like the prodigal son who defected from his father and ended up in the pigpen, brought about by his sin, he finally came to his senses and went to his father for mercy. The mercy of God is unfathomable, deeper than any ocean and when we sin against God we need to run to Him and dive into His mercy instead of running away from Him and trying to cover up what we have done that only adds to our misery!
God is a merciful loving and understanding Father and He knows our weaknesses and our shortcomings and His ears are always open to our cries. God is not like our human fathers who sometimes aren't very merciful and can even be cold and distant to their children, threatening punishment instead of forgiveness and so many times we run away in fear, but not with God, His mercy endures forever and His forgiving heart will restore even the most grievous sin!
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1-3
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin