The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Psalm 103:12

by admin on July 29, 2012 in Thought for the Week with 1 Comment

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

180 degrees.  There is no further degree of distance, geometrically speaking, than two points that are on opposite ends.  Although we can draw a line between them, they will never touch each other on their own.  Their distance is fixed; it’s absolute.  That is how far away from us our sins are.

If God’s forgiving grace can separate us from the penalty of our sins, then the same should be true of other’s sins against us when we forgive by Christ’s power.  In other words, if we have truly forgiven, then we must take responsibility to avoid punishing the offender again and again.

Given the high emotions of wedding planning, temptation might arise to drudge up past offenses and punish the offenders all over again.  Maybe this is an effort to retain control during a stressful time.  Maybe your fiancé will snap at you, which will remind you of other hurtful words he has said.  Maybe your mom or dad will exercise unwanted authority over the planning, which is how they have operated in your past.  Be alert to the little irritations because they are likely signals for unresolved issues.  Take care not to re-punish your friends and family for offenses you have already forgiven them for; take the time to communicate through them and to offer abundant grace.

Lord, Merciful Father, forgive me for I am a sinner.  I desperately desire Your forgiveness, yet I am slow to offer it to others who sin against me.  Give me Your heart that can endure offense with lavish grace and humility.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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