Using Psalm 103:8-13

For Forgiveness

Psalm 103:8-13



When sins trouble us. Comfort that God will forgive us.

The sins may be habitual or considered by the client to be very severe – maybe even unforgiveable.

  • What sins are troubling you?
  • What are your fears about God’s judgement?

8The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

The key words are: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

  • What words does King David use to describe God in verse 8?

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;

God does use His accusing Law.  But Jesus has paid the punishment price for our sins.

  • What part of God’s Word points out our sins and  describes God’s wrath and anger at them?

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

He has treated His Son, Jesus, as the One who bore our punishment payment on the cross.

  • In light of God’s Law that describes His anger at our sins, how does God give you comfort in verses 9 and 10?

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.

Jesus’ payment for our sins is perfect and complete and done.  God has removed our guilt from us.

  • Read verses 11 and 12.  What has God done with your sins?

13As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

Not all fathers are loving and compassionate.  But God is our Father and He is loving and compassionate towards us.

  • How did God remove your sin and transgression from you and give you forgiveness?

*From the writings of Rev. Alan Siggelkow. Please cite if including this resource elsewhere.

The above exercise has greater benefit when working with a Christian therapist, your pastor, or a fellow Christian. Interaction and accountability with another person who can provide understanding and encouragement is reinforced in therapy sessions.

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