‘Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good, O Lord.’ Psalm 25.7
It is wonderful if we can begin to catch God’s vision for us – and it is even better if we can begin to catch it for other people. If it is true that God remembers us according to his love, and in doing so keeps no record of our wrongs, then it must be equally true that he also keeps no record of the wrongs of others. The problem is that we so often do!
It is highly likely that we will remember only too well the faults of some of the people with whom we will come into contact over the course of the next few days, especially if they have an impact on us personally. It is not that God has let them off their sins and expects us to do the same, but rather that by dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price for their sin so that they are free of it. If we could choose we would probably rather them suffer than Jesus, but this is not a choice given to us! Jesus has paid for their sin and now he remembers it no more, just as he has paid for our sin and remembers it no more.
When your heart is tempted to judge, remember the cross. As you make a conscious decision to forgive others, let it deepen your gratitude for what God has done for you.
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