What Sins Are You Talking About?
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12
Rebekah can attest to the many times in my life when I have messed up and have had to ask several hundred times for forgiveness. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing and provides a fresh start and a new opportunity to do right. It was the eve before the school board was going to decide whether or not I would be expelled from high school. I was a senior and the odds were not stocked in my favor. I was facing a list of offenses with the final straw being the donuts I made with my truck and not the fryer. I had also disobeyed when I was told to stop and my odds of survival were not great. I knew my fate was all but sealed, and I spoke to my dad on the phone that night hoping to get some sympathy from him. My dad miraculously was not sensitive to my cry, and he even wanted me to go to each teacher and thank them for teaching me. He also wanted me to apologize for my behavior and make things right. I was not pleased by his proposition as I did not feel I had done enough to be expelled. I was making excuses for my actions and trying to plead my case but my dad was not buying it. He told me if I would have been such a great student, then the school would not have any reason to dismiss me. He had a valid point there, and I had made my bed and now it was my time for me to sleep in it. I came to school the next day and after every class period, I did what my Dad had told me to do and thanked each teacher for teaching me and asked for their forgiveness for my wrongdoings. I hated to do what my dad told me to do, but it taught me a lesson about humility, self-responsilbity and gratefulness. I honestly expected the teachers to roll their eyes, but they were quite receptive to me. I was shocked to see some fight back tears and most forgave me rather gracefully. I do not recall one teacher bring up my past transgressions and not one told me you are getting what you deserve. I recall some hugs and some even said “I wish you could stay”. I am not sure what I expected but I did not expect forgiveness, especially the way I had acted all year. At the end of the school day, I was dismissed from school as I had done too much to go on, but I left the school forgiven from those who I sought forgiveness from. My consequences still stood as I was reaping what I had sowed, and I learned some valuable lessons that day. I am grateful for a God who wholly forgave all of my sins the moment I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I am thankful for a God who never brings up my sin for which I have asked forgiveness, and He has no stipulations on His forgiveness. He holds no grudges and He does not attempt to use my past to blackmail me. He forgave me once and for all, and He has shown me mercy beyond what I could have ever imagined. He washed me clean and remembers my forgiven sins no more. He sees me clothed in His righteousness, and all my sins are washed white as snow. Where are you today friend? Are you forgiven of your sins? Have you had your iniquities and sin forgiven by Almighty God? Do you seek to do enough “good” to outweigh the “bad”, knowing it is impossible? Have you accepted His forgiveness or are you trying to do your own good deeds to absolve yourself of sin? He has paid the price for us, but we must accept His free gift of salvation to obtain His full and final forgiveness. What about you Christian? Are you still fishing at the dock of past sins? Do you hear the condemnation from Satan even though you have been forgiven? Are you fully trusting in His forgiveness and accepting what He has done in your life? The sin debt has been paid in full and there is no balance that is due. There is tremendous freedom in knowing that your sins have been paid for and great rejoicing when you realize He will remember them no more. May we accept His mercy, and may we sing with great enthusiasm, “What sins are you talking about?” Stay in the fight! Saso