“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”-Psalm 103:12
Maryland is one of several states in the path of Hurricane or Tropical Storm Isaias. I am praying for no one to lose their life, be injured or be displaced because of the storm. Please join me in prayer. Yesterday, I was caught in a downpour as I finalized my grocery shopping. I planned to be home before the downpour started but I enjoyed my trip to the grocery store. This is my first time in months I stayed in a store for more than 30 minutes and it was nice. I wore my mask and kept my distance. It felt very normal. As I sat in my car and watched the downpour, I noticed how the rain washed everything away. It was like the pavement had a clean slate. Whatever trash or dirt may have been present was washed away never to be seen again.
When we accept Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we are accepting his death, burial and resurrection as payment for our past, present and future sins. Jesus did overlook anyone us because of certain sins we committed. Romans 3:23-24 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Please notice the word the word all. All has an absolute meaning in this verse which means 100% of us have missed the mark. Every one of us needs Jesus. There is no exception to the rule. You may think you do not need Jesus but every one of us needs him as our Lord and Savior.
In addition to all of us needing Jesus, sin in God’s eyes is sin. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” Please notice James did not insert the type of sin. When we sin, we have fallen short and need Jesus. The type of sin does not determine if Jesus can pay your debt. When you humbly admit that you need Jesus and repent, you are saved and redeemed. We need to make sure when we look at ourselves and one another, we are looking through the eyes of God and not our flawed ones. I want to encourage us to remember that we are forgiven. Whatever you think God cannot forgive you of was rectified on the cross at Calvary. The next time it rains or you are near any water, remember that Jesus paid your debt and God see you as righteous. God bless you!