‘He forgave us all our sins’ Colossians 2.13
As Christians, forgiveness is a familiar concept and it features in so many talks, songs and services. What is less familiar for us is the ability to apply it to ourselves. Paul states the truth very bluntly when he says: ‘He forgave us all our sins’. In other words, Jesus took from us every sin we ever committed and he paid the price for it forever, so that never again can any of our thoughts, actions or attitudes be held against us or appear on our record.
This is quite something to get our heads around! So many people suspect that God still sees them through the veil of their sins, so that whenever he looks at them he also sees their sins. Paul states that this is simply not true. When we bring our sins to God, it is like opening the door of a dark room so that the light can shine within it; when the light shines, the darkness is gone. This is how we are encouraged to see our lives.
It is us who are so frequently aware of our sins. Then we often get into the habit of looking at others and noting their sins, even though God does not see them at all. Forgiveness is total, eternal, wonderful and promised by God – so let’s stand in the light of it.
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