Reflection: Have you ever heard the words “But I’ve changed” come out of the mouth of someone who’s really hurt you? It can be hard to believe, and even harder to let go of the old perception even when they prove that they have really changed.
Not for God.
When you turned to him and asked for Jesus’ grace to cover your sins, he believed you and he covered you in forgiveness. Whatever had gone before became irrelevant, behaviour and attitudes from before you came to Christ wiped out in his sight – although the effect on ourselves and others may linger or scar. From a worldly point of view, forgiveness like this is nuts! But we are not worldly – we are spiritual beings living in a fallen world. And so there is little sense in us beating ourselves or others up for what we once were, or did. We are continually made new in Christ.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for your saving work on the cross. Praise you for the crazy forgiveness that makes no sense to the world, but perfect sense now that I know you and am loved by you. Amen