One of my favorite classroom memories as a teenager was when my Math teacher would ask me to help erase the black board. The board/slate would look clean once again ready for the next lesson to be taught. Have you wished for a DO OVER in life? A CLEAN SLATE? I know I have often wished that all the nightmares, bad experiences ,and especially my poor choices were erasable like a slate so that I could start all over again.
Today as usual when I was browsing the internet, I happened to read a story about a very well known public figure ,and the horrible choices that she ended up making in her life which led to ruining her reputation, and destroying her family. I scoffed silently and rolled my eyes as I thought how she was supposed to be a role model for all the women who adored her throughout the world.
As the cold breeze swept through my face, I closed my eyes for a second pondering on how choosing sin over the Savior can ruin one’s life!
I touched my face and it was wet from the tears that rolled silently. As surprised as I was , a sudden realization dawned on me that I also have a similar story like this woman on the internet. Oh ,how I judged and scoffed at her thinking so highly of myself.
It has been easier for me to judge others of their sin, and avoid noticing the plank in my eye.The mistakes and secrets that I kept within the walls of my heart has revealed to me that I am the greatest sinner of all. How did I think it was okay to make such choices in my life without thinking of the repercussions it will bring?
Nothing could console me at that point, not a song or a hug as a weight of my sin wore me down.Will the Lord ever forgive me for not confessing and admitting my mistake right away?
- Can I be restored back to His loving embrace?
- Who can give me a clean slate ,and forgive my sins?
As I knelt and cried unto the Lord, I repeated these verses :
Romans 3:23 clearly states, ” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Psalm 51:7 ,“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be white as snow
Psalm 139:23, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
- Is the conviction of sin tearing you apart? Has it brought shame ,and scorn in your life?
- Has it alienated you from the Lord, and questioned His unconditional love and forgiveness no matter what?
- Has it become easier to point fingers at others ,than correct oneself?
- Or are you at the crossroad and trying really hard to flee sin?
Sinners have loved sin, their own evil and twisted way of which they are very fond. Our sins deserve all griefs, sorrows,and punishment. We cloud our very judgement compromising with sin, and pretending we are living in the light.
1 John 1:7-9 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
The penalty of sin is death, and the Son of Man has willingly carried them upon Himself ,and paid the heavy price. JESUS PAID IT ALL.
Isaiah 53: 4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
RETURN BACK TO ME, SAYS THE LORD GOD , FOR I HAVE BORE YOUR SINS,YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS, AND SHAME ON THE CROSS.
Jesus alone can give us not just a SECOND CHANCE ,but a MILLION CHANCES to reconcile with HIM today.
Clean slate it is for you and me today, for He remembers our past and confessed sins no more, but gently yet firmly reminds us to ‘SIN NO MORE’.♥
In His Rehabilitation ,
Until next time,