THE PAST IS GONE
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (NIV)
A young man saw his primary school teacher at a ceremony. He greeted him with respect and said: “Back then, I stole my classmate’s wristwatch. He reported it to you, and you ordered all students to stand in a straight line, facing the wall with our eyes closed so you could check our pockets. I became afraid of the outcome—the shame I would experience after other students discover that I stole the watch. I felt your hand slip into my pocket and you brought out the watch.
I was gripped with fear but was surprised that you didn’t mention my name to the class. You only showed the watch to everyone and gave it to the owner. This taught me never to take whatever wasn’t mine. Thank you for saving my dignity. Do you remember the story, Sir?” The teacher replied, “I clearly remember that I found the watch in a pocket, but I did not know whose pocket because I searched your pockets with my eyes closed.”
The young man’s experience is likened to God’s response to human vulnerability. God is a loving Father, whose aim is not to disgrace anyone, but that they return to eternal hope. Every human is born in sin, and it is for this reason that Christ came to redeem humanity from perdition. Therefore, regardless of the magnitude of your sins, if you repent and accept Christ, you will be set free. Indeed, as recorded in today’s Bible reading, God will forget your past deeds just as the teacher never shamed the student. I encourage you to embrace God’s stretched-out hands and live.
Hymn: Jesus Saves – Priscilla J. Owens (1882)
1. Lord Jesus, I renounce my old ways (confess). Please, pardon me and walk with me, lest I go astray.
2. Spend time praying in the Holy Ghost.
1. Any poisonous object that has been injected into my body in the physical, dream, or spiritual realms, be flushed out!
2. Blood of Jesus, circulate in my body, soul, and spirit.
3. Father, please save the perishing family, nations, and the Church from unholy end-time strategies.
YOU WILL LIVE!
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