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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Walking in the Light of His Mercy; Forgiven!

     "His mercies are new every morning"-what a declaration of His love and grace! Would it be so liberal to say that this reality includes covering and forgiving the sins we committed yesterday, and upon the rising of the sun, that we have a clean slate? Could it also mean that during this new day, His mercy is there also for anything we do that violates His holy standards? Taking it a step further, if we are "in Christ", we now live in the morning, or light, instead of in the night, or darkness, and that forgiveness is now  a part of that reality, and that there is no forgiveness necessary, as we already are now and forever?

     If this is so, the Scripture,  "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning," (Psalm 30:5) takes on a new and multi-dimensional meaning. "The night" could represent our lives before Christ, and "our morning" could mean when we step into the light, or "in Him." Then when we are "in Him" everything He purchased on the cross for us is now ours. He died, and then as we receive Him, He hands us His inheritance. Forgiveness is part of the inheritance that we can walk in.

     I am beginning to see this. If this is not true, than as we seek to confess our sins to Him, and try to make sure we've covered all the bases, then our confession becomes a religious act that we hope we did well or often enough, in hopes we will receive  His forgiveness. Something about this thinking is all wrong.

     "I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more."-Heb. 8:12, 10:17. In Hebrews, He is talking about the new covenant which God made to us through Christ and what He did for us on the cross. He has already died for our sins, and as the Scripture goes on to say, "there is no longer any sacrifice for sin." He can't do more than He's already done on our behalf, and we certainly can't by our confessions. What I'm trying to say is that it is not our confession, but His sacrifice that made our forgiveness possible.

     This is not "cheap grace," but truly accepting what He has done on our behalf, and walking in it humbly, freely and gratefully. Forgiveness is ours!



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