A God of Forgiveness

Psalm 130:3-4
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Why do we sometimes act like God doesn’t know that we sin or that we are sinful creatures? He watched as Adam ate the fruit and disobeyed Him. He watched as sin crept into His perfect creation for the first time and tainted what had the potential to be so wonderful. He saw the heart of man, His beloved creation, turn away from Him. And when sin came, God had to judge and God had to punish. But in the midst of all of that, He also protected and preserved. He didn’t destroy mankind completely, and He didn’t give up on him. And ultimately, God made a way, first through the sacrifices and then through His Son, to show mercy and forgiveness to His people.

Our sinfulness is no surprise to God. He knows we are born into it and enslaved by it. And He knows there was never anything we could do to undo what Adam had done, so He had to do it Himself. If God held all of our sins against us, we would all be doomed. Just the sins of one day, even one hour, would be enough to condemn us forever. In fact, it only took that one sin of Adam to change the whole world. And the merciful and loving God that we know our God to be would not abandon us to that state without some hope, without providing a solution.

God knows that even after we become His children, we will still struggle and still sin. Jesus knew when He left His disciples in the world that sin still reigned and men still dwelt in flesh. That’s why He is so eager to share His mercy with us. That’s why He went to such extremes to make a way for us to come to Him completely. That’s why He took it all upon Himself—because He could bear the burden of it all and we cannot. And that’s why He implants His own power within us to enable us to overcome through Him.

Let’s stop acting like God is surprised by sin and stop trying to hide it or deny it. He knows it’s there. He knows what a struggle it can be. And He is there to help us through it and to offer us His mercy in the midst of it. But let us also still strive to keep our distance from sin and to deal with it properly and promptly before it ensnares us. Our sin once stood between us and God. A whole life of sin had once earned us a death sentence. But Jesus came and paid that price for us, and now He Himself stands between us and the Father, our mediator, our intercessor, and our redeemer.

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