As the thoughts of so many will be fixed on love tomorrow, I’d like to devote one more day to focusing on the Lord’s Love Letter to us. On Monday we examined God’s love from the perspective of God is Father; Wednesday’s article exulted in the truth that God is Faithful. Today, let us give thanks and praise because God is Forgiving.
God Is Forgiving
He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)
The one thing everyone needs is forgiveness, and our Faithful Father God is willing to provide it to us through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. It’s almost unfathomable to think of God in hot pursuit of rebels on the run from Him—not to punish them but to restore them—but that is exactly the picture the Bible paints for us in the aftermath of the first sin in the Garden of Eden.
God had told Adam clearly and directly: “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17). When Adam and Eve turned away from God and violated His command, the Lord had every right to utterly destroy them both and start over. These two traitors had, in essence, given God the back of their hand and taken up fellowship with Satan!
But God didn’t destroy our first parents; this takes us back to the theme of Wednesday’s blog—God’s eternal covenant. Our Faithful God was not caught off-guard by the fall in the Garden; we know that because we’ve read Hebrews 13:20, which reveals that the promise of sending Jesus had been established in the eternal covenant. And because God is Faithful to keep all of His promises, He chased after Adam and Eve—not to do away with them, but to tell them of the promised Redeemer (Genesis 3:15).
Christian, did it ever occur to you that He chased after us too? We must remember that God not only forgave us when we were first brought into relationship with Jesus; He forgives us every day, moment by moment.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
We are not only sinners by nature; we are also sinners by habit. Yet our God is faithful and just and He forgives all our sins. We need never fear going to our Father in heaven and telling Him how badly we’ve failed. God is faithful to forgive, because every sin you will ever commit has already been forgiven in Christ! They all were nailed to the cross. When Jesus uttered His great victory cry, “It is finished” (John 19:20), He was announcing to you that you had been released from the penalty of sin forever!
As you consider God’s amazing grace and love, there is one other thing to remember: when God forgives, He forgets. He will never dredge our sins back up to remind us about them and make us feel sorrow all over again.
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. (Isaiah 43:25)
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Regardless of how you may observe the day, never forget the Lord’s Love Letter, written just for you by your Faithful, Forgiving Father in heaven. Now that’s a love letter worth reading over and over again!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!