“If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness that you may be feared.” (Psalm 130:3)
When my wife and I got married, one piece of advice we received a few times was keep no record of wrongs. The notion is taken from the love passage in 1 Corinthians 13. The reason we were given this advice is because a good marriage is built upon trust and if a couple is constantly keeping track of each other’s mistakes, then trust is hard to build within that relationship. Keeping track of each other’s mistakes is like carrying around a loaded gun ready to fire at each other. Forgiveness is hard to come by because the past is constantly revisited.
In the verse above, the psalmist reflects on the nature of God. The nature of God is not to be a record keeper. One would think that the perfect and holy God would keep track of our mistakes and some believe that He does. But, for those who surrender to Him through Jesus Christ, God does not keep a record of our wrongs. Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will forgive their iniquities and will remember their sins no more.” God does not forget what we do; rather, he does not hold our sins against us when we come to Him in faith.
Those who give their lives to Christ find forgiveness, grace, love and a new life, a life that is not defined by our past, present or future mistakes; instead, it’s a life that is defined by Christ alone. So, when the followers of Christ stand before God one day, He will tell us “Well done,” rather than bring out the record of our sins.
Question: Have you found a new life in Christ, where the record of your sins is remembered no more?
Challenge: Memorize Psalm 130:3.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for not holding our sins against us and seeing us as you see your Son.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League