“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1-4 NLT
The power of forgiveness is like that of no other. Think of a time in your life when you did something bad, or said something ugly, or acted out in anger…and then somebody completely forgave you. Without making you pay. Without giving you the stink eye every now and then. Without any sort of condition. Without needing to talk it out. Just, free forgiveness. It’s rare, isn’t it? Rare to find that in others and rare to see that in ourselves. Maybe you have experienced it and maybe you never have…whatever the case, the forgiveness that we receive from God through the power of His Son’s death is completely unlike any sort of forgiveness we can find on earth. It’s supernatural. Romans 8 reminds us of this. The condemnation that we deserve for turning our back on God, hating our bothers and sisters in Christ, internal prejudices, finding fulfillment in behavior that has toxic consequences to our hearts, lies we speak, anger we act on, selfimploding thoughts…all of this ugliness is FORGIVEN when we make the decision to follow Christ.
Amazing, isn’t it? Almost too good to be true, right? Where’s the catch? Where’s the hidden agenda? Where’s the fine print? Well, we can’t find any. In God’s love we find only the purest form of hope - the forgiveness of our sin. It’s so important that we understand the power forgiveness has on and in our lives. When we open our hearts up to the idea that God truly has pardoned us through sacrificing what was most important to His heart, we, too, can share in allowing that forgiveness to creep across our souls. Author and theologian C.S. Lewis says it’s like dye that washes its way into every part of our being. So, no matter what you have done or that which you seem to have trouble letting go…know that through Christ it has already been forgiven and forgotten.
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 NLT
As you ponder on what Christ has done, no matter how short or long you have been a follower of Christ, I pray it overwhelms your soul with gratitude. With appreciation. With hope. And that fact alone causes you to renew your heart for God every single morning. Every single day. You have been forgiven at the deepest level. God isn’t going to make you pay for it anymore. Even though there may be consequences to our dark behaviors, that doesn’t take away from the fact that we are forgiven. Made fresh. New. Whole.
Once we get this truth into our being, we find ourselves acknowledging our Father with a different perspective. We start following His Word with a new obedience. We give to others the forgiveness that was given to us.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for seeing the sin in me and coming up with a plan that I could be forgiven. I have so much to be grateful for because of your forgiveness. Help me to follow you even closer and to echo forgiveness to all those around me.