Forgiveness is a powerful thing.  Grace is a life-changing thing.  To know that someone looks at the worst thing you’ve done, the worst thing you can imagine, and say to you, you are forgiven, that changes everything.

That’s exactly what God does for us.  He looks at the worst of our worst and says this.  If you return, if you ask, you are forgiven.  Listen to words we hear today in Isaiah 1: 18-19:

18 Come now, let us argue it out,
says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;

forgivenessIn this season of Advent, that is especially powerful to think about.  In Advent, we focus on the coming of our Lord.  We focus on His birth in Bethlehem.  We focus on on the love that the Father has shown to us, we focus on the grace that has been given us, and we focus on the fact that through Emmanuel, we are never alone.  We are never forgotten.  And we are always forgiven.

Always forgiven.

Through Jesus, we are always forgiven.

Though your sin are red like crimson, they shall be washed white as snow.

We may keep a recond of wrongs.  Of our wrongs.  Of other’s wrongs.  Of all types of wrongs. But God doesn’t.

We are forgiven.  Know that.  Understand that.  Live out that.  We are forgiven.

Emmanuel.  God is with us.  As we walk closer each day to Christmas, take time to remember the fact that we are forgiven.  Remember what you’ve done, remember those mistakes, it’s ok.  It may hurt.

It may be painful.  We may have pushed them down.  Swallowed them.

And when we understand these things.  Understand this.  You are forgiven.  Not in general.  But in specific.  You are specifically forgiven of actual things that you have done.  Not in theory.  Not in a general sense.

But you are forgiven.  Of that thing.  Right now.  And forever.

That’s forgiveness.

And you are forgiven.

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