Read: Isaiah 1
Consider: In the last post we looked at Peter and how he denied Jesus, despite his initial declaration that even if he had to die with Jesus, he would not desert him. However, although Peter denied Jesus this is not the end of the matter. Jesus forgave Peter and he went on to be a significant figure in the early church.
Do you think Peter ever remembered his denial of Jesus and felt bad about it? Of course he would have. Forgiveness does not necessarily bring forgetfulness with it, at least not on our part. On the other hand, God forgives us and forgets our sins. Isaiah puts its this way:
‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more’ (Isaiah 43:25).
While we find it hard to forget our sinfulness, as Christians God sees us through the lens of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. As God cannot look on sin, he sees us as purified and sanctified through the blood of Jesus.
So next time you are prone to think about your former life without Christ, remember that in Christ you have been forgiven and God has forgotten your past, so that he can concentrate upon your future. God wants you to be the person he sees in you, not the person you once were.
Pray: Father, help us to lay our former lives and any regrets we may have firmly at your feet. May we rejoice in the forgiveness you have given us and the new life you want to develop in us. Amen