This post is Day 4 in a series of studies about “Forgiveness”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Forgiveness – Day 4
Each time we say Lord, I am sorry. I have done it again. Please forgive me! Father God replies Done what again? I do not remember. In Isaiah 43:25, we read I am he who blots out your transgression, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Whenever I read this verse, I want to add a word or two and change it to say “Blessed are those who KNOW that their transgressions are forgiven.” Our sins were forgiven well in advance when Jesus went to the cross and prayed Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34). The sad thing is that many believers don’t remember that. And too often we go to the Lord in confession of something that He has already forgiven!
The next verse continues with “Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them” (Romans 4:8). It is a direct quote from Psalm 32:1-2.
Earlier this month we were looking at the short letter from Paul to Philemon where forgiveness was the main theme. We can believe from that letter that Onesimus really knew he was forgiven, and was ready to face his old boss!
I remember years ago hearing a speaker say that each time we go before The Lord and say “Lord, I’m sorry. I’ve done it again. Please forgive me!” Father God replies “Done what again? I don’t remember.” That’s a modern version of Isaiah 43:25. Where we read I am he who blots out your transgression, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more. That’s good to remember.
Think today about any sins you confess regularly to the Lord. Are you convinced that He hears you, and forgives you? How do you know? Do you think you could you persuade a non-believer that you are forgiven, and they can be too?
Read Isaiah 43 today. Be encouraged by the words spoken by that prophet so many years before Jesus came and really showed us what forgiveness is.
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