Forgiven? Does one need this forgiveness to rightly relate richly to God?
yes indeed absolutely God's forgiveness is needed to have peace with Him. We are totally depraved and unable to please God in our flesh and blood. We need forgiveness, the love of a Savior! If Heaven is your goal when you die a right relationship with Our Maker is primary! God loves you!
God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He is longsuffering seeing we perish because of sins. The Word of God in fact says otherwise when it says in Romans 5, "In due time Christ died for the-ungodly," and, "While we were still sinners (and enemies of God) Christ died for us!" God does not want our sacrifices. The sacrifices of God are a gentle and quiet spirit, a broken heart and right spirit. Rend your hearts and not your garments God's Word teaches us. He wants our heart.
God wants us as friends and-children not slaveS of sin. He that sins is the servant of sin it says. But if any man be In Christ, forgiven, he/she is a new creature, a new creation, the old has dissappeared, the new has come. Grace is the key which is Jesus.
When you pass away, God's Word says, God looks to see if the name is in the Book of Life and if the Blood of Jesus Christ covers your sin. We decide by faith to believe the inclusiveness and exclusivity of God's plans and come to Jesus Christ now to meet God face to face, and to belong to His Family through faith in the Finished Work of Christ to pay for your sins by His Death, Burial, And Resurrection, Ascension, and Exaltation! Salvation is the Gift of God not of works lest any man should boast! That's in Ephesians.2:8,9,10.
After being saved and confessing your wrong before God and making peace, how we live from then on supposing first we come to Christ this way which is the way of His Blood, is our thank you letter to God living by faith in the Son of God The Sinless Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world! There is so much more to the Abundant Life Christ offers than mere forgiveness such like eating at God's Table and enjoying His fellowship! A Great Fellowship Assembly! Forever, Eternally! We live in and through the Lord Jesus Christ a life of mercy, action, and peace: bondslaves of His who knew His will and obey as friend then on.. Do you have a slavish fear of God? "Abba" is how God wants you to think of His! It means "Daddy!" Or "Papa O My Papa!" Whoever is forgiven much will love much! Christ has made an Overpayment for our sins. It is grace over and above mercy. Right believing will bring right living! Where sin abounds, grace superabounds! And Remember God loves you! To fear of God is met when one worships God! Follow Jesus! DC