"… for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
– Jeremiah 31:34
It's a New Year – 2010. Maybe you make New Year's resolutions, possibly you don’t. But for most individuals, the New Year indicators a time for change, a chance to re-create our lives and our circumstances.
The Christian radio station I hearken to (KMTC) advised the highest 10 New Year's resolutions; nothing too stunning. It included issues like shed some pounds, get match, get out of debt – the same old stuff.
The factor is, with God, each second might be a new starting. We serve a God of new beginnings. In truth, he’s so good to us, that I feel we regularly simply sort of gloss over it, as a result of we actually don’t get it.
You know the outdated saying: "forgive and forget" . Well, for us, that's simpler mentioned than accomplished. In truth, I'd say it's fairly unattainable. We might forgive, however as a lot as we’d attempt to neglect, the reminiscence of that individual's flawed remains to be there in our thoughts. We might not give it some thought a lot, and we might not ever speak about it, but it surely's there. We don’t have God's skill to "remember their sin no more".
That's why it's so laborious for us to consider that God loves us as a lot as he does. We take a look at the entire instances we've failed. We take a look at our lengthy laundry checklist and surprise how he may probably forgive us. We examine our faults to those that are higher than we’re, and regardless that we all know it isn’t true, we nonetheless really feel that God should love them greater than us as a result of they’re so significantly better.
We get caught up within the "works vs. faith" routine, and that's a place we actually don’t need to get ourselves into.
"Think not that I come to destroy the law, or the prophecies: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."
– Matthew 5:17
You see, Jesus fulfilled the legislation as a result of he knew we couldn’t. He didn’t fulfill the legislation in order that we’d not need to observe it anymore, however in order that we’d be judged beneath a totally different set of circumstances. We will not be judged by the letter of the legislation anymore, however we’re lined by grace.
When God the Father seems at us, he doesn’t see us, he sees his son: faultless, sinless, good …
Do we actually get that? Really?
Take a take a look at the Faith Hall of Fame (Hebrews 11) . Look on the folks listed there.
First now we have Moses. He was a actual hothead. In truth, he let his feelings take over and killed an Egyptian.
Or take Jacob. Jacob was a liar and a thief. He cheated his brother, Esau, out of his rightful inheritance.
Rahab of Jericho was a prostitute. Yet, she is within the lineage of Jesus.
What about king David? He had a man killed in order that he have his spouse.
So, right here now we have murderers, liars, thieves, prostitutes, adulterers … Now, if I wished to place myself again beneath the legislation and examine my sins with the sins of this checklist of parents, possibly I'm not so dangerous in any case!
The factor is, God forgave them and when God forgives, it's as if their sins by no means occurred.
"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he is quiet in mercy. ; he will subdue our weaknesses; and you wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. "
– Micah 7: 18-19
Still have bother believing it? Look on the description of Abraham within the Faith Hall of Fame:
"And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, yet yet the silence of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith , giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. "
– Romans four: 19-21
Now, possibly your Bible reads totally different than mine, however mine says that God advised Abram and Sarai that they had been going to have a child when Abram was about 75 years outdated. In truth, it was so tough a idea for them to wrap their brains round that Sarai burst out laughing when she heard it.
Well, nothing occurred, so Abram and Sarai took issues into their very own palms and Abram slept with the maid and produced Ishmael.
I have no idea about you, however that doesn’t sound like Abram was sturdy in religion, or staggering not at God's promise, or that he was absolutely persuaded.
Finally, God needed to change his title to Abraham, the daddy of many countries, he needed to be Abraham to say about himself what God had already mentioned about him. He needed to get Abraham to talk God's fact. He needed to have Abraham name these issues into existence that had been naught. Only then, twenty 5 years after the unique promise, did Abraham develop into the daddy of religion.
But, within the Faith Hall of Fame, God didn’t document the failures of his folks. He solely recorded their successes. Do not you see? He didn’t bear in mind them. He had forgiven them. It was as if they by no means occurred. He had solid all their sins into the depths of the ocean.
"… Blessed are they whose identities are forgiven, and which sins are covered." Blessed is the person to whom the Lord won’t impute sin. "
We are actually blessed. Our sins are forgiven, and God doesn’t maintain them towards us, to him they don’t even exist.
Today, make this a New Beginning. You might be, do and have all that God's Word guarantees you. Do not take a look at your circumstances, don’t take a look at the previous, stand agency on the Word. Truly, he’s a God of New Beginnings.
I wish you and yours a Happy New Year stuffed with God's mercy and blessings. May they chase you down and overtake you till you need to say, "certainly it's sufficient!" This year, might you be blessed so as to be a blessing to others.
I wish to thank Pastor Tom Underhill for educating on this subject final Sunday at church. It actually obtained me fired up andave me the will to jot down about it in my weblog.