Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Forgive And Forget Yourself
To Him Who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood.
Revelation 1:5 (NAS)
Christianity is not simply a religion--it's a love relationship between each of us and Jesus. The Bible is not simply a rulebook--it's a love covenant between each of us and God. Ultimately, to label our Christian faith as a religion can deter seekers from discovering the miraculous covenant offered to Christ followers.
What if the next time someone asked you 'What's your religion or denomination?' you answered, 'I believe in Jesus and the covenant God promises in the Bible'?
God initiated His love covenant with Abraham in the Old Testament. In ways we cannot understand, the blood of animals was a representation of God's covenant with Abraham, a symbol of atonement--reparation and reconciliation--for sins committed by the Jews. Blood is an unmistakable sign of life. Its deep, red color does not blend in and cannot be ignored.
God finished His love covenant in Jesus, as recorded in the New Testament. The blood of animals (a temporary fix for our sins) was replaced by the blood of Christ (a permanent redemption or 'release' from our sins). The blood of Christ purges and obliterates our sins. 'Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1).
What must we do for our sins, large and small, to be forgiven and forgotten? It's as simple as repentance and belief--believing in Christ with a whole heart.
The word 'atonement' (where sins are fixed but not forgotten) appears 80 times in the Old Testament. It isn't present once in the New Testament, NAS translation. Through the grace of the blood of Jesus, we are not only completely forgiven, but God chooses to forget our sins as well. He will never hold them against us again.
So, forgive and forget the sins of those who have hurt you, as God does for us. Next, forgive and forget your own sins each day. Ask forgiveness and learn, but don't dwell in guilt. Plead the blood of Jesus. Then move on. Forget yourself. Remember Him.