In my journey through the Bible I came to Lamentations this morning. It is as it sounds, a lament. Jeremiah is mourning for Jerusalem – for the loss of their temple, their king, and its citizens in exile. After all this, the people finally realized their sin and confessed.
There have been many times in my life where I’ve come to the place of lamenting for my sin. Where I’ve dug a hole so deep I see no way out, and I’ve come to Jesus broken.
In those moments, God has so graciously reminded me that if I truly repent of those sins – He will wipe the slate clean. He remembers them no more.
I was listening to a podcast yesterday, and they were talking about God’s forgiveness. The speaker made a comment that was such an “AHA!” Moment for me. He said, “…when we keep asking forgiveness for our past sins, God says, ‘huh? What are you talking about? I don’t remember that?!”
Basically, God is saying, “Why are you bringing up something over and over that I’ve forgiven and forgotten about? Move on.”
This, in no way means that we are to cheapen God’s grace or take advantage of His forgiveness. This isn’t the green light to keep doing the same things over and over. Not at all.
When we ask for forgiveness and truly repent we are also promising God to turn away from that sin, and try our best to never repeat it. If, in all sincerity we do this – God is faithful and remembers our sin no more. With a pure heart and intention to turn from our sin, we place it at His feet. When we do so – He calls us to move forward. And not look back…
We’re not going that direction. Face forward. Move forward.
Lamentations 3:22-26 – The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
God bless you! Thank you for being here!