[CF Devotionals] 2019-07-23 - No Permanent Mistakes

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Recently, a good friend and I were discussing typing experiences that we had in common. Years ago, we both respectively worked in positions in which we were not allowed to correct typing mistakes. In my case, I worked for a Mental Health Center, and when I would record case notes, they were permanent legal records. So instead of correcting mistakes, I had to x them out. In other words, every typo was saved for perpetuity! While I am normally a perfectionist anyway, needless to say, I have never typed more carefully than when I held that position! When I left that job because of a move, I missed working with patients, but I didn’t miss the stressful typing, not one iota!

What if our faces bore the x-marks of all our sins? What if God constantly thew all our mistakes into in front of us, or if all our mistakes were constantly on view for everyone to see?

Instead, God promises that if we repent and confess, He will forgive us and CLEANSE us.

1 John 1:9 (The Message) …If we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.

In fact, the prophet Micah used some expressive and dramatic language for what God does to our mistakes:

Micah 7:19 (1599 Geneva Bible)

He will turn again, and have compassion upon us: he will subdue our iniquities, and cast all [a]their sins into the bottom of the sea.

The Message puts it this way:

Micah 7:18-20
Where is the god who can compare with you—
wiping the slate clean of guilt,

Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear,
to the past sins of your purged and precious people?

You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long,
for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most.

And compassion is on its way to us.
You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.

You’ll sink our sins
to the bottom of the ocean.

You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob
and continue the compassion you showed Grandfather Abraham—

Everything you promised our ancestors
from a long time ago.

We often must pay Earthly consequences for our sins. But as far as our relationship with God, if we are sincerely repentant, He will take us back immediately, and He also will use any consequences to His glory and for our and others’ good (Romans :28).

Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t “hold our sins over our heads” for perpetuity?

[email jan] Janice P. Moser


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