Fearlessly Forgiving 2

26 May

If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You [just what man needs], that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.  Psalm 130:3,4

“There are four different words for forgiveness in the Bible–three Hebrew words and one Greek.  The first Hebrew word means “to cover”–like using a rug to cover the dirt on your floor.  The second word means “to lift and take away”–which happens when you remove a stain from a carpet.  The third word means “to pardon” or “to wipe the record clean.”  The fourth word means “to let go” or “to send away,” as when you release a prisoner from jail.  When you put these words together, you get a graphic picture of forgiveness.  God covers our sins, He removes the inner stain, He wipes our personal record clean, and then He releases us from our guilt so that we are set free.”  –Ray Pritchard in The Healing Power of Forgiveness

We won’t be able to truly forgive others until we see how thoroughly and completely and sacrificially God has forgiven us.  Exult in your cleanness today.  Exult in your perfect record!

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