‘Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.’ Psalm 32.1
When we meet people, one of the most common questions is, “How are you?” Most of the time the answer is a simple, “Fine thank you!” After all, we are hardly likely to entrust our deepest feelings with people we scarcely know! However, this verse gives us a new perspective on that question; the answer is “Blessed!”
On this day we recall the death of Jesus and the events of the cross. We also recall what these events achieved for us; our transgressions - all the things we have done wrong - are forgiven. They have not been filed away to be dealt with later nor swept under the carpet, but they have been totally, utterly and forever forgiven.
The implication of this is that nothing you have ever done, or neglected to do, stands between you and God. He is not withholding anything from you because of your past actions. This is why the next time someone asks, “How are you?”, you can look them in the eye and say – “Blessed!” But you probably won’t!
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