“They do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds.
Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.”
Sin matters. One of its effects is that it can blind us to its reality and consequences. We can forget that we sin, choose not to acknowledge our sin and even forget our sins. However God does not forget. As the prophet explains God sees us through the separating cloud of our sin,
“It never crosses their mind that I keep account of their every crime. They’re mud-spattered head to toe with the residue of sin. I see who they are and what they’ve done.” (Hosea 7:2; Message)
God cannot choose to merely forget our sins because they are always before Him. They are inseparable from us. The only solution to the problem would be if someone else could and would absorb them into himself and take the guilt, stain and consequences upon himself. And, because God is a holy and just God, the only person who could do that was Himself. This is what we recognise and celebrate in Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Now that believers have acknowledged, accepted and so become a part of this great sacrifice, their sins have been dealt with by Jesus on the cross. The awesome truth is that Jesus died for our sin of yesterday, today and tomorrow. As we repent and hand it to Him it is taken from us forever. This is why Jude could rejoice,
“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)
If sin matters so much , how much more seriously we then need to take God and our relationship with Him.
• “If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.” (Psalm 130:3-4)
• “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Once God has dealt with our sin, through the sacrifice of Jesus, there is no longer any record of it. It had been taken away from us with all its stain. There may be human and worldly consequences to be dealt with but it no longer stands as a barrier between God and ourselves. We have been set free.
Take time each day for some personal reflection. There will be sins that we need to acknowledge before God and for which we need to ask His forgiveness.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
in penitence I confess that I have sinned against You
through my own fault in thought, word and deed and in what I have left undone.
For the sake of Your Son, Christ our Lord
forgive me all that is past
and grant that I may serve You in newness of life to the glory of Your Name. Amen.