What is forgiveness of sins?
Forgiveness means “to grant a pardon, to release from a debt.” Since all have sinned (Romans 3:23), all are deserving of the punishment for that sin. Romans 6:23 says that “the penalty for sin is death.” To remove that punishment of sin, you must go to Christ for the forgiveness of sin. This is essential to salvation, restoration, and peace with God.
To have your sin (and guilt of your sin) removed you must acknowledge and agree with God that you are a sinner. You must take that sin to Christ who is our savior and repent. That is, make a 180 degree turn in the opposite direction desiring to never return to it. At that moment when you confesses your sin, I John 1:9 says, “If you confess your sin, He is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.” That means that any sin that you have committed, no matter how bad it may seem, Christ will cleanse your heart by forgiving you.
What happens to our sin? Micah 7:19 says that God “will cast all their sins into the depths of the ocean.” And Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” And Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions and sins.”
When Christ forgives you of your sins, they are forever dealt with and remembered no more.