“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
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.... who forgives all your iniquity......
Sometimes as we live our lives, our past seems to follow us. Perhaps not physically, but we revert back to past events and they haunt us. We must however always remind ourselves that once we have asked God for forgiveness, and of course, if our petition is genuine, we are forgiven. Then we must ask ourselves, if God has forgiven us, why can’t we make peace with that? What has been said or done is done. There is nothing we can say or do that will allow us to take it back. So, making peace with our own conscience is then the next step.
If the person we have hurt is still alive, we can make an effort to convey our remorse. Sometimes we have to live with the consequences, perhaps where a crime has been committed, and we will have to face a jail term. Even in this event, our sin is still forgiven and we can sleep easy, even in a prison cell. What is important is that our relationship with God is right. We have been reconciled with Him. Our eternal destination is secure.
Whenever we think of the event that haunts us, we must remind ourselves that God has forgiven us our sin, so even though we may not be able to make right the wrong done by us, we can live in the realisation that we have been forgiven.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive me for my past sins. These haunt me and I pray that You will help me to make peace with myself. Help me to remember that You have forgiven me. Help me to forgive myself.
By Rev. Andrew Lamont-Turner