Do you remember when you were a child and your sibling would pull your hair or bite you? You mom would always say, “Say you’re sorry to your sister and give her a hug.” Then you’d be forced to reply with, “I forgive you.” even though you were still really upset. And let’s face it, we only said we forgave them because we’d be trouble if we didn’t say it.
Well, God’s forgiveness is completely different! No one is up in Heaven forcing God to forgive you. God isn’t saying He forgives us so that He doesn’t get in trouble. He has forgiven you once and for all out of His deep love for you. He has forgiven you by choice.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7
It’s according to the riches of His GRACE that we have redemption and forgiveness of sins, not because someone is telling God to say He forgives you. Isn’t that amazing? God loves us so much that He chooses to forgive us.