I have a tendency to revisit my past and occasionally wallow in my former sins, when I have been slacking on spending time with God and studying the Word.
I don’t think I am alone in this. Maybe you too can relate.
When rereading the book the Shack this week, I was struck by one of the many conversations the main character had with God.
Three things whammied me as the truth jumped off the page at me:
- God knows when we will sin. He also knows it may take (random number 46 inserted here) time before we break that pattern and are set free.
- When we sin, God immediately counts down to our freedom, versus sighing that we stumbled again, “There was time number 1. Only 45 more to go until she’s free!”
- Our freedom comes when we awaken to the reality of what He has done for us on the cross, and the why: because of His great love for us and desire to see us free and accept it.
I love how God seems to bring verses to mind to me as I learn something new about Him, to confirm the truth He has for me to grasp and put into practice in my life.
Here is is the passage in Psalm 103:7-12 (MSG) which I was reminded of this morning when I chatted about this book with a friend, and the new truth He is reinforcing in my heart.
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, He’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
God doesn’t make us pay Him back when He forgives us, not does He treat us as we deserve when we stray. He is the Father waiting patiently and continuously for us to return. Waiting to clothe us in His righteousness again, remind us we are His beloved one, and celebrate our acceptance as His.
As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is His love to those who fear Him.
His love is even more immense than I can grasp or imagine, and more powerful than any other force there is!
And as far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins.
As far as the east is from the west, and sunrise is from sunset, is how far He has separated me from my sin. THE REALITY IS: I NEVER HAVE TO ENCOUNTER MY SIN AGAIN ONCE HE HAS FORGIVEN ME! #goodnewsforusall #foreversetfree
- Take a quiet moment, and spend some time at His feet today.
- Invite Him to cleanse you of your wrongdoing, and clothe you again in His righteousness.
- Welcome His freedom, as you cast fear and guilt aside.
- Celebrate you are His, and His love will never leave or fail you!