“For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
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Do you often wonder, "Gosh, if I do one more thing, what will God think of me then?"
God not only forgives but also forgets all your sins. He does not forgive you and then say, "Geez, I remember when I had to forgive Nancy for stealing that quarter off the dining room table. Now she wants me to forgive her for gossip. This is getting ridiculous."
No, if Nancy were to say to God, "I know You've already forgiven me for thanking that quarter that didn't belong to me. Now I need more forgiveness for gossiping about my colleagues."
God would say, "The quarter? You asked me to forgive you for that? I have absolutely no recollection of that; there's no record of it in my book."
The passage above from Jeremiah, and others in the Bible (Hebrews 10: 14-17), is not talking about forgiveness that happens the day we receive Christ that only takes care of all our previous sins. God's forgiveness is ongoing for the duration of our lives; it is for every day.
When Jesus dies on the cross 2,000 years ago, He not only forgave everything we had done in the past, but He also committed Himself to forgive every sin we would commit in the future. He knows every wrong decision we will every make, and they're all covered. All we have to do is admit our sins, be willing to turn away from them, and stay in relationship with Him. When God looks at our sins, He sees our faith in Jesus, Who is our perfect sacrifice - not the sin we just committed.
Because of this, what god really wants from us is not perfection in performance, behavior, or attitude. He already sees those things in Jesus on our behalf. What God wants from us are hearts that truly love him.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "know God's forgiveness"
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord I will try to learn from previous sin knowing that I am forgiven already."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.