2009-01-19 - True Forgiveness
Thump. I know that sound. It signalizes the potential trouble awaiting one of my cats. I check out the scene where the sound came from, and sure enough, Gibby is at it again, sitting on the dining room table. She sees me and doesn't try to move. Instead, she accepts her punishment, an early bath from a spray bottle, and goes on with her day as I do. Later, she nuzzles against me, wanting some love and attention. It never occurs to me not to pet her, even though I punished Gibby earlier. My love for Gibby did not diminish because of her action or mistake. Just as the Lord sees past our imperfections.
God knows my faults. He knows your faults, and contrary to how we may feel about ourselves, He is ready to surround us with His love. I took comfort in God's forgiveness, and read the consoling words of David found in Psalm 32. "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!" (Verses 1-3 NLT)
Lord, Please reveal if there is any unforgiveness in my heart. I receive Your forgiveness right now. When I am faced with temptation, help me not to fall into it; You do provide a way out. I just have to be brave and bold enough to take it. Amen.
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