There are some verses that impact your life in such a significant manner that you couldn’t imagine life without the lesson learned from that particular scripture. One of those verses for me is found in Psalm 103. “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” verses, 11-13 David knew a lot about doing the wrong thing. He saw a woman that he wanted so he manipulated a military situation so her husband would be killed and then he took her for his wife. He was a man who carried a lot of guilt in his heart, but he was also a man who knew how to remedy the situation. He brought his broken heart before God and confessed his sins with the conviction of a truly repentant man. That’s why he could write about the great love of God; he knew what it was to be forgiven unconditionally.
Many of us have been forgiven for our sins and mistakes but there are usually strings attached, but not with God. Our sins are forgiven and forgotten. They are as far removed from us as the east is from the west. That is total separation from our sins. When we repent and ask forgiveness, those sins are gone and they don’t come back to haunt us. We walk free of the burden and weight of those sins, because we have the assurance and promise that God is a forgiving and compassionate God. Remember this wonderful verse in the Gospel of John, “the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1: 29 Jesus doesn’t stash our sins in His back pocket until He finds a good time to sit down and go over them so that He can beat us up with our transgressions. Instead, He takes our sins away, as far as the east is from the west. Luke tells us, “all the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.” Acts 10: 43 Wow! do you get that? All the Old Testament prophets testify that through Jesus our sins are forgiven, and how is that possible? It is possible when we believe “in Him” for the forgiveness of those sins.
We don’t do anything to earn merit with God. There are no works we can do that would add a single inch to our stature when it comes to our standing before God. We are accepted by the grace of God through faith for the forgiveness of our sins because of the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary’s Cross. “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2: 4, 5 Jesus paid the price through His shed blood. He died that our sins could be forgiven. It is God who makes us alive in mercy when we were dead in sin. It is the grace of God that saves us and forgets our sins. It is God who cast our sins to the wind and lets them go as far as the east is from the west. Your past is forgiven and your future assured in Jesus.
This Easter I pray that God will fulfill this promise in each of our lives, “May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17 Be courageous, be strong and trust God to guide your journey; He will not let you down.
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