I cling to these thoughts in the Bible about forgiveness:
- My sins are as far as the east from the west.
- They are blotted out.
- My trespasses are tread under God’s foot.
- My rebellion is hurled into the depths of the sea (my favorite).
- It is wiped out and white as snow.
- The old is gone, the new is here!
There is no lack of clarity here. It’s a done deal. But we are trapped in out little human brains and our daily failures. We wake up some mornings feeling pretty dirty. So, God in His great wisdom, adds to His monumental gift of forgiveness and gives us mercies that are new every morning.
Another good reason I need this daily dose of heavenly mercy? Those other pesky verses about forgiveness that are a wee bit tricky for me – OK, not just a wee bit:
- If you do not forgive other people’s sins, your Father won’t forgive your sins. (What??!)
- Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
- Do good to those who hate you.
- If he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him. (Now come on.)
There are days when these things seem ridiculous and impossible. There are days when I flat out reject forgiveness and wallow like a pig in resentment and revenge-plotting. Fortunately, those mercies are new EVERY SINGLE MORNING, and I can wake up, claim them anew, and try again.