Here’s a fun fact for the fearful: no matter what you’ve done to disappoint God, there’s nothing you can do to earn his forgiveness. You can’t say one-hundred hail Marys or 50 our-Fathers. You can’t pay him off with your finances. You can’t show up for church every time the door is open. No, there’s nothing you can do; it’s not up to you at all; it’s up to God, and only God. It’s only by his grace that you are forgiven.
Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, Romans 4:4-5
What then must you do to receive God’s forgiveness? Believe in Jesus! That’s it; nothing more. Belief is not as easy as it sounds, though. Think about how many times you’ve given things over to God only to take them back and try to fix them yourself? You must set your mind on God, love him, worship him, and give him your praise. The more you think about him, the easier it is to hold on to your belief in him.