2012-05-28 - Auto-Completion
I have both a "love and hate relationship" with the auto-complete features of my e-mail server and browser. They make my life easy, when all I have to do is type "f" and foxnews.com appears, as if by magic. And yet, if I make a mistake, it remembers those, as well! So from then on, my mistakes will reappear frequently, taking up time, as well as rendering me frustrated!
Aren't you glad that God isn't like that? When we are genuinely repentant - not simply sorry for the consequences but rather what we did - and confess to Him, He automatically forgives us. That sin will no longer come between us and our Heavenly Father. Of course, we may still be affected by the Earthly consequences, e.g. we should be held accountable for our crimes, must apologize to those we have hurt, may fall ill because of bad health habits such as drinking excessively - but we there will be no eternal effects, and God can use our failures to strengthen our faith, and to help others.
God's word says that in His eternity, He banishes our sins "...as far as the East is from the West." (Psalm 103:12, NIV). Thanks be to God.