Miscellanies 7 - With God there is forgiveness
If the Lord kept a record of our sins that is of those who have been regenerated who would be able to stand? Who would be able to live out their Christian life in complete freedom? I know that with me because of my nature and weak disposition, I would fall and land like a man who falls of a high tower. But we see that God does not a keep a record of the sins of his saints for the psalmist writes ‘If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you’ psalm 130:3-4. Notice the middle and last part of these verses which reads ‘But with you there is forgiveness….so that we can with reverence serve you’. With God there is forgiveness and there is always forgiveness to all who turn to him with a broken and contrite heart. Forgiveness belongs to God and like a gift he loves to bestow it upon sinners. He does this so that we may revere his name, so that we may praise him as David said elsewhere ‘Have mercy on me Oh God.. restore to me the joy of your salvation… and my tongue will sing of your praise’. As long as the saint feels himself unforgiving by God then he is unlikely to declare God’s praises with joy but as soon as he feels the forgiveness of God then the saint is likely to rise in fact the saint will rise with great joy to dance and sing the praises of His God. God loves to forgive and He has demonstrated this ultimately in the death of His Son. All who turn to His Son will be pardon of their iniquities. Jesus will pardon their sins and heal their brokenness. With God there is forgiveness and if you feel yourself burden with guilt remember that with God there is forgiveness.