“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.” Romans 4:7
Ever been forgiven? A few years back, I discovered a mistake I made that cost the company almost $1000. It wasn’t intentional, I just missed something. Needless to say, I was hard on myself!
I took a deep breath, went back to the owner and told what happened, accepted responsibility and waited for the wrath. I could tell he was upset, but kept his cool, asked me to appeal the denial which I had already done. Before he walked out the door for lunch, he casually said these words, “Just make me lots of money, all is forgiven!”
I stood there stunned and it took me a few minutes for it to register. I couldn’t believe what just happened. I thought for sure he would take that money out of my paycheck. My mind had already taken me to the worst case scenario when I heard the Spirit say, “You’ve been forgiven, let it go! Why is it so hard for my people to just receive it. After all the forgiveness you’ve sown, don’t you thing you should reap the same? Why are my people so sin conscious when I’ve washed all sin away? Why do they think on what they’ve done when I don’t even remember it anymore.”
Forgiveness means never bringing it up again, removing it from your thoughts. It’s hard sometimes to do that, especially when we’ve been hurt so deeply. Our minds keep it alive like blowing on the dying embers of a fire. But Paul instructs us in Ephesians 4:32, “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
When I chose to believe in Jesus, I chose to believe in everything He did for me and everything He provided for me. He qualified me. His single sacrifice qualified me for complete and total forgiveness. Anything I did in my past, gone! Anything I do today, gone! Anything I do in my future, gone! He doesn’t stand with a clipboard keeping tally. I am forgiven.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to practice what you’ve learned in the Word this week.