Saturday, March 2, 2013


"Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea." Micah 7:18-19

The emphasis on repentance during Lent usually focuses on our part of the process: self-examination, confession and turning from our sin. We often miss the best part - God's part: forgiveness. John the Apostle tells us in 1 John 1:9 that "if we confess our sins (our part) He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (God's part)."

The prophet Micah says that God will "hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea." Sins cast into a stream or other shallow body of water might be retrieved, but sins hurled into the depths of the sea will be remembered no more. Then, as Corrie Ten Boom once said, after God casts our sins into the depths of the sea, he places a sign that reads, "NO FISHING ALLOWED!"

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your forgiveness and your forgetfulness when it comes to our sins. We thank you that you don't care to dig up our past and hold it over us. Help us, Lord, to forgive ourselves of those things that you have already forgiven. Remind us that your mercy is always greater than our sin. Grant us humble and truly contrite hearts that our times of confession might never become routine and insincere. Amen.

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