92. No record of wrongs!
'If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who can stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.' (Psalm 130:3-4) God's forgiveness is so absolute or total that He puts it out of his mind; erases it from the pages of time and forgets it. "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own name sake and remembers your sins no more.' (Isaiah 43:25) He never rakes up our past nor makes mention of it anymore, unlike us who bring up the matter again and again, to justify our past actions. Confident of God's absolute forgiveness, king David sang: "As far as east is from the west, so far has he removed my transgressions from me."( Psalm 103:12) This is what King Hezekiah had to say about God's absolute forgiveness, after his illness and recovery : "In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back."(Isaiah 38:17) The prophet Micah imagined God burying Israel's sins! 'Who is a God like you, who pardons son and forgives the transgression ... You do not stay angry forever but delights to show mercy ... You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.'(Micah 7:18-19) It might sound so surreal (bizzare) to us but the effect is real ! "A search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none and for the sins of Judah but none will be found." (Jeremiah 50:20) As if God couldn't really find it! But the reason for God's deliberate forgetfulness is simple. 'Love keeps no record of wrongs.'( 1 Corinthians 13:5) Amen.