Imagine for a moment that you’ve done something to hurt and disappoint someone extremely important to you. I’m not talking about a little thing. I mean something big, so big that you couldn’t blame them if that person never forgave you. You expect that person to hate you forever, because that’s how big a mistake you made. As a matter of fact, it is so catastrophic a mistake that you can’t even begin to make amends for it. Got that pit of your stomach feeling as you imagine this situation? Good.
Now imagine that despite what you did, how heinous it was, that other person turning to you and saying, “I forgive you.” And they pursued you with such passion to talk to you again that you know this other person meant it. Not only that, but that other person took it upon himself or herself to undo your mistake, if that’s possible. The mistake was undone but at great cost to the one you care so deeply about. Yet there was no hesitation. So the other person not only forgave you, he or she made everything right again. Unbelievable, right?
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. – Psalm 32:1-2, ESV
The scenario we just imagined together has already happened. That person is God Himself. Too often we don’t think about how deeply our sin hurts God but Scripture reminds us that He pleads for us to obey. He describes our relationship in different ways to impress upon us how much He loves us. Sometimes He uses analogies as a father to his child. Other times it is as two who have suffered together as siblings and made it through, stronger for it. Still other times He describes the relationship as husband and wife. Therefore, our sin is that catastrophic mistake that should cause Him to hate us forever.
Yet He doesn’t. He not only forgave us, but He has pursued us. In order to make everything right, He went to the Cross for us. Sin demanded a price. He paid it. Such is His love for us that He did all of this in order that our relationship with Him might be restored. Unbelievable, right?
Too many people look to God for what He can do for them. Be it money, or earthly success, or some other ephemeral goal, that’s what they focus on. They forget what He has already done. They forget that our iniquity happens every day and that His forgiveness is extended over and over again. His hatred should fall upon us more times than we can count each day. They forget this simple fact and demand (not just ask) for more. How wrong are they! Then we realize it isn’t “they.” It is us. We all forget. We all are guilty of not realizing how blessed we are just to be forgiven. When I realize again just how much He has already done through His forgiveness and redempting acts, I am humbled and grateful. Unfortunately, I too quickly forget again. Lord, help me to remember more how blessed I am to be forgiven and counted as blameless because of your Son’s loving sacrifice upon the Cross!