“Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”Luke 7:45-47
I do not wake up thinking of committing sin, but sometimes I am confronted with a sanctification test on which I do not score well and I sin. I know there are some who wake up looking to sin, but if you desire to walk with God, your daily objective will be to live a life pure before Him, devoid of sin. We sometimes forget what we have been forgiven of, and we forget our old sinful self. The point is not to relive your old sins, but to focus on and be thankful for the forgiveness of your old sins.
I recently completed my master’s degree, and I was quite proud of this achievement. I worked hard to get through my classes, and I gave up many Sunday naps to complete my homework and assignments. I missed out on some football and basketball games, and there were many other events I had to say no to. I felt like I learned a lot, and I filled a whole notebook with all the notes that I took from the various lectures. I read countless books, articles, and law cases, and I even dreamed about them in my sleep. I thought I did quite well with all that I had going on in my life, and I was glad to finally be finished. I was shooting to graduate with honors when I learned that there is no honors distinction in the Master’s program, but I figured I might as well continue to do well even if I didn’t officially earn this achievement.
My kids went to my mom’s house recently and my mom showed them some memorabilia from my high school days. She held onto a lot of my stuff which I had forgotten about, and other items I had hoped to forget about but never could. My kids got to some of my records, and came across some of my progress reports from a parent teacher conference my mom had attended. My progress reports were less than stellar, and although I tried to forget about my academic past, teenagers will never let it die. My children gleefully read about my failures and shortcomings, and they read my teacher’s notes aloud to me, just in case I forgot. My teacher felt there was little hope for me, and I would have agreed with him at the time. I struggled academically, and I was more interested in dribbling a basketball then I was in opening a book.
Although those reports were from 1992-1993, it was a clear reminder of where I was academically in high school. I was not looking to achieve honors in those days, but I was just hoping to make it through high school. I never made the honor roll, and my only award in those days was for perfect attendance. After high school, I attended community college where I found some teachers who saw something in me and were not willing to give up on me. These teachers told me when my work was not acceptable and they worked with me in correcting my mistakes and teaching me how to correct them. They were willing to work as hard as I was, and the more they believed in me, the harder I worked. With a daughter who will always bring up my dubious academic achievements, I will never forget my academic past, but I am grateful for all those who have taken the time to teach me. I am grateful for those who prepared lessons, those who opened their office to me, and those who were patient and kind in teaching me.
I think of all that I have been forgiven of, and I do not like to dwell on my past, but I am grateful for the sin I have been forgiven of. We often forget to thank our Heavenly Father for the forgiveness of our sins as if we were able to cleanse ourselves. We forget the great debt that we owed, and we forget how utterly hopeless we are without His faithful forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God for the forgiveness of our sins, and may it encourage us to keep our account current with Him.
Where are you today friend? Have you forgotten what you have been forgiven of? Do you thank the One who has forgiven you or do you carry on as if you had never sinned? May God’s forgiveness bring us to our knees, and may we always be in awe of how He loved and forgave us in spite of us.
Stay in the Fight!