Forgiveness

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This morning as I spent time alone with my Father, I thought about how His forgiveness is like a warm shower on a cold dark morning.  I come to the shower stall, cold, dirty, and exhausted.  My muscles tense and aching, I come seeking relief and awakening.

So it is when I seek God’s forgiveness.

I approach the Father.  My heart is cold, tired, weary and aching for relief.  I am dirty and need cleansing.  I need what only He can give me.  I need forgiveness.  I need love.  I need Him.

I disrobe, confessing my sins and revealing all my shame.  There can be no forgiveness if I cannot acknowledge my sin.  I cannot enter into a shower fully clothed and expect to be clean.  My Father already knows my faults and errors.  I can hide nothing from Him.  Confession opens my heart.  Confession forces me to be honest with myself and with my God.

As I step into the warm flood of my Father’s forgiveness, my muscles relax, and the cold hard weariness that crushed my soul begins to dissipate.  Dirt and decay are washed away, leaving behind only cleanliness.  Fears and anxieties that caused my heart muscles to bunch and harden are soothed; washed away under the loving grace of my Father’s faithful love.  I feel clean again.  New.  Forgiven. Alive.

It amazes me.  The flood of God’s forgiveness is the blood of Jesus.  Precious, rich red blood covers over my black sin washing it away and making me white as snow.  It is a mystery.

Father, thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for cleansing me and washing away all my sin. Thank you, Jesus, for loving me so very much.  You paid a grave price I could not pay, redeeming me and restoring me to be who You created me to be.

I am but dust before You, yet You love me and want me to know You intimately.  You chose me.  Called me.  Made me Your own.  Father, though I am no more than a speck of dust before You, turn this mote into pure gold that glitters and shines, reflecting You and Your nature to everyone around me.  Help me forgive others (and myself) as You have forgiven me.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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