‘I will not remember your sins.’ Isaiah 43:25 NKJV
God says in His Word that He ‘blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins… state your case, that you may be acquitted.’ (Isaiah 43:25–26 NKJV) Today if you’re condemning yourself because you think your sins are too big to deserve God’s grace, go back and reread those Scriptures carefully.
Why did God say He would forgive your sins? Not for your sake, but ‘for My own sake.’ So what should you do? ‘State your case, that you may be acquitted.’ Why do we have such a hard time accepting God’s forgiveness?
(1) Because in some cases we feel like we’re reaping what we have sown.
(2) Because we have condemned someone else for doing the very thing we ourselves did.
(3) Because we think God likes to keep us hanging for a while so we’ll think twice before committing the same sin again.
(4) Because growing up, when we disobeyed our parents, they took away certain privileges until we had proven ourselves.
(5) Because we think we have to be ‘worthy’ of God’s mercy.
But when you refuse to forgive yourself, you’re implying that your transgressions are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And that’s a bigger sin—pride!
And here’s another thought. When you always have ‘issues’ with other people, you may be looking for someone to offend you. That way, you can point to how bad the other person is and feel better about yourself. When you adopt a humble attitude and work on forgiving yourself because you know God has exonerated you, it’s easier to forgive other people’s mistakes.
SoulFood: Exo 34:29–35, Mark 9:2–27, 2 Cor 3:7–18
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024