So THAT’s Forgiveness
Today, when I was doing my life journal devos, I came across this claim from King David;
“I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt. And the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight” (2 Samuel 22:24-25).
Now wait just a minute. We know of all the wrongdoings of David. They were recorded in the chapters and books just before this. How is it that he can make such a bold, confident claim of blamelessness and righteousness?
Here’s what I think: David understood, better than most, the true forgiveness of the Lord. He knew that he was in a right place with God because he had sought that out after all of his mistakes. I’m sure that most of us seek out forgiveness when we make our mistakes, but I don’t think we always accept it, and what a drastic difference that is.
There have been lots of times in my life where I seek out forgiveness, but I still dwell on the mistake and feel like I have to do something to make up for it. David understood that when he is forgiven, it’s gone. I think this is what he meant when he said, “I kept myself from guilt.” We can see with the whole Bathsheba ordeal that he definitely felt guilty for his wrongdoing, but he sought out repentance and turned. Now his record is clean.
Here is an easy way for me to look at it: I have a clean driving record. I have been pulled over on several occasions and have received speeding tickets, but my record is clean. Whenever I get pulled over (which, don’t get me wrong, is not very often), I feel guilty. I know I did something wrong and alas, I am being punished for it. However, I receive forgiveness in the form of traffic school! Once that is completed, I don’t have to worry about it again. If I get pulled over and an officer looks up my record, he won’t see any violations on it because my record has been made clean. I don’t have to feel guilty about speeding years ago because that has absolutely no affect on my privilege to drive. In fact, having a clean record has actually caused a judge to lesson a penalty for me. You can say that I was “blameless in his sight.”
Yes, we learn from our mistakes, but we can’t afford to dwell on them. If we deny ourselves the ability to look past our wrongdoings, then we neglect the very forgiveness of God. One of the biggest hindrances the devil throws at us is guilt. He knows that if we dwell on those mistakes, then we won’t live in the true freedom we have in Christ. You are forgiven. You are FREE! You are blameless before the Lord. Now, keep yourself from guilt and let the Lord reward you according to your righteousness and cleanness in His sight.
Don’t just seek forgiveness. Embrace it.
(Clean that record and let it spin!)
- May 12 2013 | - Read More →