Hi, this is Daniel from ForgivenFully.com, sharing with you the exclamation point of God’s forgiveness.
Have you ever been guilty of ‘typoglycemia’? That word describes the way our brains autocorrect spelling mistakes such that we don’t even recognize them as mistakes. (And what could ever go wrong with autocorrect, right?) For example, I was recently preparing a picture for ForgivenFully with a short caption written in really large font. And I read it several times before I posted it, but not until days later did I realize that I referred to Bethlehem as the birthplace OF OF Jesus.
When it comes to reading text, we sometimes see what’s more convenient to see rather than the mistakes right before our eyes. When it comes to life, it’s very much the same, isn’t it?
It’s never convenient to acknowledge our sins. It’s much more convenient to proclaim our innocence: ‘I’ve never done that; I never said that; I’ve never had thoughts like that.’ But what if God, who knows our hearts intimately, were to bring our innermost thoughts into the light of day? (Think of a court stenographer reading back every single word said in the courtroom.) You see, sin corrupts mankind so thoroughly that we have many blind spots and often see only what’s convenient for us. That’s why you find this prayer in the Psalms: “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.” (Psalm 19:11) But is God’s forgiveness really that complete?
The answer is a resounding YES in Jesus! Listen to what God Himself says: “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like a morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22) Just like morning fog is dispelled and driven away by the rising sun, so our sins are dispelled, driven away, completely forgiven by the Son of God, our Savior Jesus.
In full confidence of this forgiveness in Jesus, take to heart God’s gracious invitation: “Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Thank you for your time, and may God bless you with what you heard here today at ForgivenFully.com.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.