Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Do Not Forget
At least not in the way we most often think about it.
He never makes our sins just go 'poof!' and disappear.
He does, however, move them.
I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.--Isaiah 44:22
...as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.--Psalm 103:12
But He does not make sin disappear until somebody dies.
When we know we are guilty, He does not forgive.
When we repent, He does not forgive.
Only after somebody dies does God forgive and, for us, God wants that person to be Jesus.
When we repent and believe, our sins are moved to Jesus' back, and He died for them, all of them.
If we don't repent and believe, we are stuck with our own sins, forever, all the way into eternity, where we must do the dying for them.
Imagine that, every time we lie, a soldier drives another nail through Jesus' hand into the cross.
Every time we cheat or betray or love the world,--another nail, and another and another.
Don't kid yourself.
If you expect forgiveness, this must happen. It must. Either that, or you hang on to your sins right into hell.
The only way out is to stop sinning, which we should probably give serious consideration.
But forgetting may not be such a good idea.