God Says You’re Forgivable
“Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be His through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before Him. Because of His love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ He would make us His children – this was His pleasure and purpose.” (Ephesians 1:4-5 TEV)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – The wonderful news concerning Jesus death and resurrection is that, we who accept His gift, become new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17). The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful in forgiving them.
The problem with us accepting that God has forgiven us, is that we typically suppose that He is like us.
Just like you, I have been wronged in the past. Later, like you, I might have told that person that they were forgiven. But unlike God, with us it might be forgiven, but it’s not forgotten. And sometimes, especially in arguments, if you are up against the ropes getting pounded, it’s an effective counterpunch to bring up the past. It acts like jab to the midsection knocking the breath out of our loved one, because they weren’t expecting it. After all, we previously told them that we forgave them for it.
In reality, it’s more like a “provisional” forgive and forget. Like a fire alarm, we may need to eventually use it in an emergency to get the upper hand in an argument! At least for me, that is why its so hard to get my hands around the fact that I am truly forgiven. Lord, You really don’t remember?!?
With most of us, like our computers, we are willing to hit the “delete” button. We just conveniently forget to empty the “trash”.
For those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, God can’t go back. He is constantly wiping His hard drive, and by doing so, He erases our sins and mistakes. Better yet, as He wipes the hard drive of our mistakes, He replaces it with new data…all He see’s is the atoning blood of His Son!
For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will. (Ephesians 1:4-5)