This word gives me rest. As people we so often say, “I forgive you”, but we keep bringing it back up, can’t get over it, don’t really let it go.
Isn’t it great that God is not like that.
Through our God, we are forgiven for now and all eternity. He paid for all our sins when he died on the cross – past, present and future. When he said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) on the cross, it meant all sins have been paid in full. He remembers our sins no more.
We can live in a state of being forgiven. WE ARE COMPLETELY FORGIVEN.
And that gives me rest and peace. All the work has already been done. We just turn Christ. He paid it all for us.
Now I know that you might want to object and say, “but I’ve done too much” or “I’ve done something too bad”. Guess what, there is no such thing in Christ. And I can tell you this because I am that broken vessel you’re referring to. I have cracks, chips, holes all over me. Some are damage left from things that happened from this evil, sinful world. Some are places where I took the hammer myself and knocked a hole right out. But, again guess what?!?! God has already forgiven all of those things. He is taking all the cracks, chips, holes and pieces of my broken life and filling them up with Him, and He promises to do that for you too!
His forgiveness is repairing the broken places and making them into something beautiful. He says we are worthy of his forgiveness that we are forgiven.
One of my favorite scriptures about forgiveness is in Luke 7. A pharisee was critical of Jesus letting a sinner wash his feet with expensive oil. Jesus responds to him with a story and these words,
“Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in, she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”” Luke 7:44-48 ESV
The pharisee missed that we all need forgiveness and that our God has never turned any away, rather He is the one to leave the majority and go after the one that has wandered away. He is our rescuer and complete justification. So today, tomorrow, and every day, know that you can rest in the forgiveness Christ so freely gives to us his children.
My friend, be forgiven.