May 18, 2012
The story of Rahab. Oh what a wonderful thing. The story of forgiveness and redemption. OF grace and mercy. Of victory and triumph.
To know that God not only saved this harlot – but her whole family is the picture of grace. Then, as if that wasn’t enough – she was blessed to be in the bloodline of Jesus. What a marvelous thing!
Rahab’s past did not define her future.
God is not in the business of remembering our pasts! He doesn’t remember the sins we committed yesterday if we’ve repented, much less the sins of our past.
He “throws all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)
So why do we insist on bringing them back up? We live in constant guilt and shame because we think our sins are so terrible that we couldn’t possible be forgiven of them.
There are a lot of women here who just can not grasp the depth of forgiveness. I tell them they are forgiven, but they have to forgive themselves too.
Most of us “criminals” have done some horrible things in our past. But those 3 words are key – “IN OUR PAST.”
The healing begins when we accept God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves. Then we can move into the future – the abundant life God has for us.
Today in group we talked about having the label “offender” or “criminal” or “felon.” And how society will see us as this. But we can’t let a simple label deter us from our “expected end.” (Jer. 29:11)
Just like my sin debt has been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus, so has my debt to society been paid back by serving this time. And there will be a day when the labels will fade away and I will only be labeled “Child of God” and “Forgiven and Free.”