Our Forgiving Lord

(Author’s note:  Due to the many Bible verses being referenced in this blog posting, I would request that you have a Bible close at hand as you study this very important subject.)

Ps 86:5 – For thou, Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

One of the many attributes of our Lord that sets Him apart from all others is His willingness to forgive those who have sinned against Him.  Not only is He just and righteous, but He is also a Lord who has supplied the payment needed to deliver His people from their sins.

Let’s take a few moments to study our Lord’s willingness to forgive our many sins.


Psalm 86:5 – For thou, Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.


In our text, we can see four different traits that are exhibited in the Lord’s treatment of those who possess a Godly sorrow for their sins.  These four include:

His Lordship –

The title “Lord” refers to God’s sovereign rule over all. Our God possesses the authority to control and rule over all of His creation. (Rom 9:20-21)  He is the only One with the authority to forgive sins. (Matt 9:5-6)  The ability to pay the penalty of the sins of others is an act only reserved for the Lord of all the universe. (Psa 130:4) The Lord paid the sin debt for the world through the giving of His life on the cross.  (Eph 5:1-2)  Only the life of the Lord has the needed value that it needed to be given only once to pay the price for the sins of millions. (Heb 10:10-13)

His goodness –

The word for “goodness” is translated many different ways in God’s Word.  A few of those are “beautiful”, “precious”, “prosperous”, and “favorable”.  As you can see from this sampling, the idea of “goodness” carries with it the idea of beneficial and desirable. One of the many reasons that our Lord is beneficial to us is because of His great forgiveness and mercy that He shows to His people.  (Psa 103:1-5)  The value of His mercies cannot be overemphasized. (Eph 2:4-9)

His readiness to forgive –

The phrase “ready to forgive” refers to the Lord’s willingness to forgive anyone who calls upon Him seeking forgiveness driven by a heart filled with Godly sorrow. (Neh 9:16-17) Our Lord’s willingness to forgive and His desire to pardon the many sins that we commit is clearly displayed in Psa 103:8-18.  Our Lord does not get pleasure from seeing the lost die in their sins (Ezek 18:23, 18:32).  Nor is He willing for His people to perish (2 Pet 3:9)

His plentiful mercy –

His tender loving kindness is overflowing and plenteous.  His divine mercy can forgive the worst of our sins. (Eph 1:6-8, 1 Tim 1:13-14).  There is no limit to His grace, kindness and forgiveness. (Roms 5:17-21)

To whom does the Lord grant this mercy, grace and forgiveness?… Our text tells us it is to “all them who call upon thee”.

What does it mean for a person to “call” upon the Lord?  The word translated “call” refers to addressing someone by title.   It is a picture of someone who recognizes a higher authority and then comes to Him wanting to communicate their need to them (Phils 2:5-11, Matt 11:28-30). When the Lord tells us to “call” upon Him, he is teaching us several things…

First of all, it tells us we must recognize the true Lord and Savior.

It is not enough for someone to come to “God” or to ask forgiveness of a nebulous being.  We must recognize that a personal God does exist, He holds authority over us, and that He has promised to save us if we come to Him.  (Hebs 11:6).

We must recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and come to Him personally.  (Acts 4:10-12, Matt 1:21, John 3:36, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5-6).  To deny that the Lord Jesus is the ONLY Savior of the world is to deny the clear declaration of Scripture.

Secondly, to call upon Him teaches us that we must willfully turn from our sins and be willing to forsake our sins to obey Him.

We must desire to do His bidding and put Him first in our lives. (Isa 55:6-7, 1 Pet 2:20-25, Hebs 12:24-25, 1 Thess 1:9-10, Acts 14:15) The Lord invites us to turn to Him as a part of the gospel message (Acts 26:15-18)

Third, to call upon Him is teaching us that we must come to Him

We must see our need of salvation from sin; intending to communicate our request to Him; trusting that He will deliver us from our sins.  (Isa 55:1-3, John 6:37, John 7:37, Rev 22:12-17, Psa 9:7-10, Isa 26:3-4)

This is the message of God’s forgiveness for our sins… this is the only way to receive divine forgiveness of our sins.  May the Lord Jesus be glorified in this posting.


About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

6 Responses to Our Forgiving Lord

  1. ptl2010 says:

    To know this personal loving, forgiving God through Jesus Christ is to appreciate that no one ever loved like Jesus did – to lay down His life for me, and you. To know Him is to crown Him Lord of our lives each morning in total appreciation of His forgiveness in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Hallelujah! He won the victory over sins, over death and the grave for us! Now we have the victory in the Risen Jesus to live victoriously in this world. Praise the Lord and we wish as many as are dead in sin and struggling to be saved from the grip of sin, will come and experience our forgiving Lord.

    Come He calls,
    Come today
    Without delay
    While you may.
    He wants to forgive
    That you may live

    • Rob Barkman says:


      Yes, the sacrifices that God the Father and God the Son made on our behalf were the two greatest revelations of love that have ever existed on earth. Christ has been so good to us as He did all the wrok necessary for our salvation. Praise His name! Thanks for a great comment.

  2. Rob, I have encountered so much “easy believism” in the last few years that I have come to realise just how dangerous it is, giving people a false sense of security, when in fact there has been no repentance and no real understanding of their own sinful condition or the fullness of salvation offered. Their faith isn’t in Jesus and what He accomplished, but in “I repeated a prayer” or “I went forward at a meeting” or similar.

    Thank you for showing the falseness of “easy believism” here and for a full explanation of the way to fogiveness and salvation.

    I pray many unbelievers will read and their eyes will be opened to see The Way, The Truth and The Life.

    • Rob Barkman says:


      You understand the EXACT purpose of this posting. Over the years I have come to the same conclusion as you have. To be honest, it is one of the greatest burdens on my heart that I am currently bearing. I believe there are MANY professing Christians who have never come into a true, genuine relationship to Christ. They have simply found themselves doing an outward action while never experiencing an inward change.

      It amazes me how we can tell others to simply “repeat this prayer” or “walk this isle” when the Bible NEVER tells us to do these things for our salvation. The Bible is so plain… repent and trust in Him.

      Would to God none of us will stand before Him someday and this happen to us…..

      Matt 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

      What is meant by” doing the will of my Father in heaven?”

      John 6:28-29 “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

      Lord bless you my friend.

      • Rob, in all my years of children and youth ministry, I had two major disappointments. One was as above – encountering the effects of ‘easy-believism’ and the false sense of security it gave and the other was the incredible number of pastors who stated “We’re not interested in children. Our work is to the adults”.

      • Rob Barkman says:


        I have seen this attitude among professing Christians and I find that it always confuses me. How can those who claim to know Christ turn their backs on a child’s need of Christ? Of all those that need Christ, we should find our hearts should be turned towards the little ones that Christ has so clearly revealed are perfect candidates for His kingdom. (Mark 10:13-16)
        Lord bless and thanks for the comments.

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