01.26.16 – Forgiveness

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God’s Globe of Forgiveness; Healing Words for the Hurting Soul

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:12

One of the most beautiful passages pertaining to God’s forgiveness is found in Psalm 103:12.  David poetically expresses the magnitude of God’s gracious act of forgiveness toward sinners.  But why does David (by the inspiration of God) choose the words, “As far as the east is from the west.”  Would not “as far as the north is from the south.” suffice or carry the same significance?  The answer to that question is that it certainly would not; for the words “east and west” illustrate far greater the intensity of God’s forgiveness than “north and south.” Allow me to illustrate this further.

Imagine for a moment taking a globe of the earth and running your finger longitudinally from north to south.  As you run your finger down from the North Pole to the South Pole, you are moving south. And if you were to circle back up on the other side of the globe, you would then be moving your finger northward back to your place of origination, the North Pole.  But this exercise cannot be duplicated from a latitudinal standpoint. Imagine running your finger along the equator traveling east. As you circle the globe, you are constantly traveling east, even as you meet back at your point of origination. You could try this exercise by switching directions. By doing so, you would be continually traveling west, and you would still be moving west even as you circled back around and arrived at your point of origination.  Unlike north and south, there would never a time that you would run your finger around the globe from a latitudinal position and have the east catch up with the west so to speak, or vice versa.  In this exercise, we see demonstrated “the latitude of God’s forgiveness.” God removes our sins from us as far as the east is to the west!

But oftentimes paired with Psalm 103:12 is Jeremiah 31:34 where God says, “For I will forgive your iniquity, and your sin I will remember no more.” This truth is expanded by the author of Hebrews. He expresses God’s promise of the new covenant with His people. He writes, “this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,” he then says, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. ”These passages are not to be interpreted as some form of divine amnesia; for God does not experience memory loss. God knows everything, even our past sins.  These verses simply mean that when we have been forgiven of our sins, God no longer holds those sins against us. They are no longer charged to our account. It is not that He forgets our sins; rather it is that He graciously chooses not to remember them.

Remember, how well you understand these timeless truths on God’s forgiveness will be evident by how well you forgive others. The measure of grace that you demonstrate to those who have sinned against you will reveal how well you comprehend God’s act of gracious forgiveness towards you (Matthew 18:21-35). We are all sinners in need of forgiveness, thus we should forgive others because the Lord has forgiven us. We are all sinners, and our sin is an offense to God (Romans 3:10, 3:23). But even though we do not deserve forgiveness for our sin, God graciously demonstrated His love toward us by making forgiveness of sin available through His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:8). These are just some of my personal thoughts of the miracle of God’s forgiveness. Take time out today and spiritually feed your soul upon these truths.

– Pastor Eric

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21 thoughts on “01.26.16 – Forgiveness

  1. We don’t deserve to have our sins forgiven. Jesus was good enough to forgive them though. He loves us unconditionally and we can never love anyone as much as He loves us. It’s a special kind of love that someone will die for you.

  2. This verse is one of my favorite verses. I think it awesome how perfectly Jesus words how he loves us and yet we do not deserve forgiveness the size of a grain of sand. Jesus should have been the last person to be killed ,but he did out of love.

  3. God is merciful and forgives us even though we have sinned against Him. We do not deserve this forgiveness because our sin is perceived as evil through the eyes of God. We have no reason to be forgiven, we are only forgiven through God’s astounding love. We can do nothing to gain God’s forgiveness except to trust in Christ. God sent us His one and only Son to save us from an eternal Hell. We should practice a forgiveness like God’s in our lives. We need to use God as an example to love others and to forgive them no matter how big their sin against us seems.

  4. It honestly just blows my mind that Jesus would become a human and die for me so that my sins could be forgiven. If this doesn’t say that he is a merciful God I don’t know what does. I’m so glad to serve a merciful God.

  5. we aren’t worthy for God’s forgiveness. but, he loves us so much that not only does he forgive us when we ask. but he sent his son to die for us.

  6. we aren’t worthy of God’s forgiveness but he loves us so much that he forgives us when we ask. we have to also forgive others in order to be forgiven. which is little compared to him sending his son to dye for us because we sinned against him. we sin against him daily and yet he choices to forgive. we need to approach others with the love God approaches us with.

  7. I am so thankful that God is forgiving of our sins. He is so gracious and loving. It is hard for us to live up to such a merciful God. I fall short everyday and must start again. I am glad he gives me so many chances.

  8. it is just simply amazing that God would allow His only and perfect Son come down to this ugly earth and become a human die for the awful and sinful people. We really aren’t worthy of the forgiveness God has given us, but He gives it to us anyway because he is merciful and His precious love is proud to be seen with us. Thank you for reminding me of this, Mr. Martin. by the way listen to the song Mercy by Amanda Cook, I love leading it at church and I think it applies well to this topic.

  9. Jesus forgives us of our and allows us live with Him. Jesus loves us enough to allow us to even be able to hear about Him, but to place me In a Christian home and school shows me how much He does love us and that should lead us to be more passionate to honor Him and obey Him

  10. That’s a great example of God’s forgiveness! It’s not always easy to forgive someone, but we have to keep God’s never ending forgiveness in mind. God forgave David and whoever asks for forgiveness will be forgiven. Some people think they can do bad things continually and just ask for forgiveness every time but that’s not the case. We have to ask for forgiveness and strive to stop our sinning. Thanks for the message Mr. Martin!! 😀

  11. We are all sinners but God loves us no matter what we do.it’s hard sometimes to understand that God loves from the east to the west.he gave us his son for our salvation even though we were sinful and we don’t deserve it.

  12. We do not deserve forgiveness from God, but no matter the sin, God will always forgive us. We should show grace to others and forgive them of their wrong doings.

  13. It is great that God’s forgiveness never runs out! And just like God forgives us we need to forgive others! Every day we need to become more like Christ! I’m grateful he forgives our sins and does not hold them against us and even no matter what they are He still forgives us!

  14. God gives us forgiveness even though we have done nothing to deserve it and He sent his only son to die on the cross for our sins to show how much he really loves us. The Bible commands us to also give forgiveness to others even though doing that can sometimes be hard.

  15. I am so thankful that that my God’s grace so that we can be forgiven. We don’t deserve to be for given, because God hates sin and we as humans are sinful creatures. I think that it’s amazing how God hates sin yet he can forgive us of it because he loves us so much.

  16. These are great thoughts on forgiveness. I especially enjoyed when you started talking about how we should reflect God by forgiving others with Matthew 18:21-35. This made me think of Luke 6:29, “if someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.” We should, indeed, forgive people and not hold a grudge against them because we need to show that we have God within us.

  17. God died on the cross so that we can be saved through him. God forgives us no matter what it was we did. We often find it hard to forgive others when they’ve done us wrong. We should all forgive each other no matter what. God will always forgive.

  18. We are so undeserving of God’s love and Jesus Christ dying for our sins. Christ forgave us of our sins while we were still sinners! What a miracle! I’m so thankful to serve a God who is wonderful, merciful, and so much more! Like Romans 5:8 says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Forgiveness
    is a very strong act and Christ forgave us while we were at our darkest. Thanks for the message Mr. Martin!

  19. I don’t deserve God’s forgiveness but boy am I glad that he forgives and forgets! The hardest part is to forgive my brothers and sisters when they offend me and then to forget. But if I am to be a disciple of Christ I must walk as Jesus walked and forgive as Jesus forgives. Thanks Mr. Martin!

  20. God’s forgiveness shows just how great His love is! His forgiveness should remind us to forgive everyone just as He did. Just like you said, “as far as the east is from the west” reminds me of the song by Casting Crowns because the lyrics illustrate the perfect picture that this is saying.

  21. We don’t deserve forgiveness. But God sent his one and only son to die so that we may be forgiven for our sins and get to heaven. We are so undeserving of God’s great love and forgiveness but he loves us all anyway!

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