‘Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.’ Psalm 32.1
One of the most common questions we ask each other is, “How are you?” Most of the time we answer with a simple, “Fine thank you!” After all, we are hardly likely to entrust our deepest feelings to people we barely know! This verse gives us a new perspective to that question and our response should be, “Blessed!”
The death of Jesus and the events of the cross achieved mighty things for us; all that we have done wrong, our transgressions, are forgiven. They have not been filed away to be dealt with later, nor swept under the carpet, but rather they have been totally, utterly and forever forgiven. Let us take a moment to ponder the implication of this. It means that nothing we have ever done, or neglected to do, stands between us and God. He is not holding anything back from us because of our past actions.
So 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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