When you think back over your life are you pleased with what you remember or are you like most who have some rough patches along the way? Sometimes when I think about it, I am saddened because I wish I could have done better. But you know what, God isn’t keeping score. And, the fact is, there is nothing we can do on our own to secure our salvation and an eternal home in heaven.
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, died for our sins (all the rough patches we had) so when we stand before God on judgment day our sins are erased with Jesus’ blood. The next time you begin to dwell on your past, remember His blood and its power to wipe your slate clean.
A final word of encouragement. God doesn’t remember your sins. Not one.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us”—1 John 1:8-10
Confessing our sins can be a very freeing experience. After our confession it feels like the weight of the world has been lifted from our shoulders. Of course confession is not telling God something He already knows. That’s impossible.
Confessing our sins is a radical reliance on God’s grace. The thing is, people who confess find a freedom that deniers of sin do not! Scripture says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.”
Did you catch that? All of our wrongs. Not some or a few or only the big ones. He will forgive ALL of them. I know it’s not easy confessing our sins to the Lord, but you and the Lord need to agree that what you’ve done was wrong and you are now turning away from that sin.
Let the pureness of God’s grace flow over you and your past mistakes. That’s right. Past mistakes. You no longer have to carry the burden of your sins. Why? Jesus died to set you free.