Saturday, April 23, 2011

No Exceptions

An old memory can come alive again in an instant a thought flickers the flame and we have to forgive or be forgiven again. It's that constant battle of laying it down one more time, the hurt, the pain they caused for us, the hurt and pain we caused for them. But the thing that I've recently come to know is there is no exception with God, and there is not any lingering pain or hurt. He keeps no record of wrongs when we confess and repent. NO RECORD, white as snow, clean slate, new day, new chance. I've known about forgiveness for years but for so long it was just a word because I didn't feel that weight lifted, when I asked for forgiveness to someone else I still felt that sting of disappointment and unworthiness. I felt that way until recently when I truly recognized the one who suffered the weight of our sins in the worse imaginable way gives me worth and even holiness.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20.
Forgiveness takes on new meaning when we actually believe in what he did on the cross. When I wonder why he forgives me, why God sent his only son to die for our sins the answer is in the verse many know so well
 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
He loves us and is the only one who can take away the pain, the hurt, and feeling of unworthiness. For a long time I kept holding onto others disappointments, their judgments, their approval but we have a God that takes our sin and removes it from us as far as the east is from the west no exceptions. We tend to make so many rules for love, rules for forgiveness but I'm learning that the heart of God is anything but rules instead I'm finding the deepest love that crosses any borders, boundaries, and lines that we could even dare to make.

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