I heard a story about how a child, on his first trip to Washington DC, became fixated on the Washington Monument. After taking the tour twice – and, seeing how big and incredibly impressive the monument was – he decided to buy it.
She tried to hide her smile and told him it wasn’t for sale. He then dumped a baggy full of dollars and coins onto the counter, telling her he had almost nine dollars to pay for it.
When she told him it was worth far more than he had, the boy offered to work for the rest of the cost!
She was obviously impressed with his intentions and asked him an interesting question, “Young man, are you an American?” “Yes!” he proudly shot back.
“Then, you’ll be delighted to hear the Washington Monument already belongs to you.”
The boy gasped, “It does? It doesn’t feel like it.”
Guess what? Forgiveness isn’t for sale. You can not work for it. If you are a child of God, FORGIVENESS is already yours! No matter how you feel.
Wow. I needed to hear that this week.
When asked by His disciples, what was the most important commandment, Jesus replied, “Love God with all your heart, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”
I had no mercy for anyone by Tuesday of this week – let alone, LOVE!
But, guess what? I am forgiven!
This week was a disaster. I had drivers honking at me. Street workers were yelling for me to stop driving over their ridiculous cones. Dogs were barking at me for no good reason. I had a sales woman hang up on ME!
I walked through my front door and was met by grandkids asking why I was late. They had no one to play with when I wasn’t home. Reminded next by Duane, I had forgotten the buns for the hamburgers. I just wanted to go to my room and leave the world behind. (How does that song go?)
My attitude was horrible and it came out of my mouth more often than I care to admit.
Some weeks are harder than others as I live this life as a Christian. Have you ever had a perfect, sinless day? Neither, have I.
The best, most radical part of being a child of God, is knowing His forgiveness is new every morning.
EVERY MORNING. Let that sink in.
No matter what you have done the day before – or, over the previous six years – He stands waiting with open arms. All we need to do is ask. Not only does He forgive us; but, He FORGETS everything we have ever done. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Ps. 103:12
Whew, I’m so thankful we serve a forgiving God!
A book everyone in the world should read, By R.T.Kendall, Total Forgiveness.
It doesn’t matter whether we FEEL forgiven. We actually ARE forgiven if we know Him!
My week is getting much better! How is yours going?