Monday, January 27, 2014

Random thoughts on forgiveness

Do I believe God?  Do I trust Him to forgive me?
Confess, repent, He promises forgiveness.
If God forgives, who else can condemn?
It's not enough to say I did the best with what I had.  I didn't.
My sin was nailed to the Cross with Christ.
I am saved by Grace, boundless grace.
Christ died for even this - for my sin, my sinfulness, my failure.
I am redeemed in spite of myself, for the sake of Christ.
Christ drank the cup of God's wrath for me, voluntarily, down to the dregs, all of it.
God has pursued me even in my unfaithfulness.
Pursued me, ransomed me, bought me with the life of Christ.
Rescued me.  Delighted in me.
Really? Seriously? Forgiven my unfaithfulness?
Yes.  Christ died with my unfaithfulness to Him.  Drank it willingly, and died with it. 
And rose from the dead without it.
Left it there in the tomb.  Dead.
But me, I rose with Him.  Risen from the dead.  Christ.  With me.

Does my failure define me, or does God's faithfulness, God's grace?
If God justifies me, who is my accuser?
Satan?  Myself?
Do I trust God?