As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12 (KJV).
I was enjoying a cup of cinnamon herbal tea with honey at an outside table at Pike’s Perk, which is located in downtown Colorado Springs. I sipped my hot tea and looked in my purse for a pen and paper when I heard a quiet voice say, “Can you help me with some change for some food?” I looked up to see a middle-aged man with disheveled hair and worn clothing. He held out his hand exposing a nickel and some pennies and told me he had only raised eleven cents that morning. I reached into my wallet to get money and held out two one-dollar bills for him. Instead of just taking the money, he asked me, “Are you sure?” I assured him I was and he took the money, informing me that he was on his way to a Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurant. I thought about the man, and his hesitation to take the money was endearing to me.
I think many of us, when we believe that Jesus, the Son of God, died in our place and that His sacrifice provides for the forgiveness of our past, present, and future sins, it is so wondrous that we often ask of God, “Are you sure?” And as we grow in our relationship with the Lord and he reveals the many benefits that we inherit as the children of God, we continue to wonder if God is sure about all of this! I think our marvel about God’s surety of our position in Christ is often endearing to him. But I don’t think it is endearing to God after He paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins if we do not receive that forgiveness. Some Christians do not fully accept God’s gracious gift of forgiveness. They continually beat themselves up for failures and they live in a state of guilt. God has assured us that our sins are forgiven if we are in Christ. In Hebrews 8:12 our Father states, regarding the new covenant, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (KJV). As Christians, we can be sure our confessed sins are forgiven and forgotten!
Thank-you, God, for your Son, Jesus, and His sacrifice that paid the price for our sins.
By Julie Colorada, USA