Nov 05 2008


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A couple of Sundays ago (the weekend after my last blog post), my pastor spoke about the woman who was caught in adultery… how they brought her to Jesus, and how Jesus turned the situation around by challenging the one who was without sin to cast the first stone. Jesus had no sin — He could have cast that stone — but He didn’t. He didn’t condemn the woman, but He didn’t let her off the hook either: He told her to go and sin no more.

I’ve often wondered how awesome it must have been for that woman to hear from Jesus Himself that He did not condemn her. It must have been such a huge relief! It was probably easier for her to “go and sin no more” without the weight of that condemnation on her shoulders. Everytime she thought about her failure, she could call to mind that special moment when Jesus Himself told her that she was forgiven!

I’ve often also wished the same thing for me… to have that same feeling of release and peace… that same certainty that forgiveness is mine. It’s one thing to know in your head that you’re forgiven, it’s another to feel it in your heart. My failure was a tangible thing — an event, an exact moment I could (and often did) recall. But forgiveness was more nebulous: maybe it was there, maybe it wasn’t. I still felt condemned… and believed that if people really knew me, they’d condemn me too.

But last week, forgiveness became much less nebulous…

My pastor looked me in the eyes and told me that God had forgiven me and he didn’t condemn me either. It was just a simple statement, but it made a huge impact because I think I really believed it for the first time. This wasn’t just some generic spiritual platitude… my pastor knows my story. Now, when I start to feel condemned and I start to remember my failures, I can recall another specific, tangible “event” that counteracts the condemnation. I can’t explain it fully… but that one small statement that I was forgiven has made a world of difference.

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One Response to “Forgiveness”

  1. Newmanon 10 Nov 2008 at 9:38 am

    Heb. 9:13,14 helps reassure me when I begin wondering how grace can be so powerful to cover what I’ve done and bring forgiveness:

    13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

    Rom. 5:9-21 uses the “how much more” argument too, emphasizing that the gift is greater than the trespass. Grace greater than sin! Thank God!


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