‘Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.’ Psalm 25.7
When David prays these words to God, it is not as if God was wondering what to do – should he remember David’s sins or shouldn’t he? It is not that God needed persuading to see him in a different light, but rather that David was seeking to see himself through the eyes of God.
This can be very hard for us as we remember only too well our mistakes and failings, so it seems only logical that God does as well! David presents us with a completely different way of perceiving how God sees us, and this is remembering us according to his love. What does this mean? Paul brings a beautiful insight to this when he writes about love in 1 Corinthians 13.5, and one of the points that he makes is that love ‘keeps no record of wrongs’. If God really is the perfect definition of love, then for God to remember us according to his love is for him to look at us and keep no record of wrongs.
When you look at your image in a mirror, you may be confronted by many thoughts and memories. You may indeed recall the past as it looms large over your shoulders, but God does not. He sees you as the beautiful, adopted and forgiven person that he created. The next time you see yourself in the mirror – give thanks for his vision.
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