DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I always pray when I go to bed, asking God to forgive me for whatever I did wrong that day. But how do I know if He really forgave me? I hope He did, but how can we be sure? Or can we? —J.M.
Dear J.M.: Yes, we can be sure God has forgiven us — once we understand what Jesus Christ has done for us, and trust Him alone for our forgiveness.
Let me illustrate it this way. Suppose you were carrying a very heavy burden — so heavy that you knew it would crush you if you kept carrying it. But then suppose someone came along who was much stronger than you, and offered to take the burden and carry it for you. What would you do? The logical thing would be to hand it over to him — and once you did, you'd be completely free of it the rest of your life.
This is what Jesus Christ did for us.