”Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.” Psalm 130:3, 4
How my heart leapt this morning when I read this Psalm as I was reminded of the heart of God to forgive and through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ have my record of sin expunged.
I have friends whose pasts were entangled in crime who were arrested, convicted as charged, and then later discovered Christ and turned to Him. They love Him, serve Him, and have followed Him for many years now. Because of their crimes and subsequent sentences though, some of them cannot accompany me on the short term mission trips I take out of the United States.
God on the other hand in His desire for us all to be in close growing relationship with Him, made provision for our hopeless situation to free us from the result of our sin. Within His provisional plan He not only forgives us, but He also eliminates the record and sentence against us because of our sin. Without the application of God’s grace and His path to forgiveness the record of offense stands and the sentence is one of eternal destruction. God be praised for incomparable grace and way of salvation.
Thank you, God, for the way to salvation through repentance of sin and confession of Your son Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of the world. Thank You for revealing to me the way to life. I pray that my life would honor You today and that You would use me to show others the way to You and Your path to freedom. Amen.