I fell in love with a new Scripture this week. Well, of course, it is not a new Scripture, but it is new to me. This week, God impressed upon me to write about forgiveness, and He showed me this Scripture to share with all of you. Don’t you love it when God does that? It really helped me understand His heart toward us. We are often so hard on ourselves, and God doesn’t want us to be.
God brought to my heart that many people feel that Christians are hypocritical or arrogant (holier than thou) because many people think that Christians think they are perfect. Christians do not feel they are perfect. They just know they are forgiven, and as a result, they can walk in freedom and liberty.
So, what is the Scripture? God was talking to Israel about their idolatry, lack of understanding of their sin, and self-deception. Think about how grievous all of that would be to God’s heart. Even so, He says, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22). What a beautiful picture of His generous heart! Imagine, God sweeps away our sins like a cloud or like the morning mist. Can you see what He is saying? When you gaze up at the sky and you watch the clouds floating along, sometimes you look away, and when you look back, the cloud has a totally different shape or look; it may even be gone. When you watch the morning mist rolling across the ground, suddenly it disappears under the warmth and light of the new day. That’s what God is telling us He does with our sins and offenses. When we set them at the foot of the Cross, He redeems us from them. He blots them out (Isa. 43:25). He evaporates them, and He even turns them into something we can use to minister to others for His glory…if we let Him. The light and warmth of His love for us melts them away, and we can run into His ever-loving, ever-forgiving arms, free from the weight of our wrongdoings and mistakes. He sets us free from having to be in bondage to our regrets! He tells us to state the case of our innocence before Him, not to rehearse our wrongs (Isa. 43:26). Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” That’s what God wants us to look at…all the newness that lies ahead! He just says, “Return to Me,” and let it all go. Be free.
Sweet sister, set your heart free from the guilt of the things you think you have done wrong. Walk in the liberty God intends for you to have. Let God wrap your offenses in the clouds and in the morning mist and blow them away. Lay it all at the Cross; receive His forgiveness; receive His new mercies for you every morning (Lam. 3:22-23), and rejoice in your redemption!
Walk in the freedom of your forgiveness,