“…don’t remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoing. Remember me only according to your faithful love for the sake of your goodness, Lord.” (Psalms 25: 7, Common English Bible)
This plea to God is one with which we all may identify at times. We feel that our mistakes and misbehavior, the decisions we’ve made or the way we have acted in the past, has left a lingering impression that we wish could be removed.
Let’s remember that indeed, it can be. The second part of this request of God is that He remember the psalmist according to God’s own faithfulness and His own goodness. This is not only a hope, but it is a declaration of God’s qualities and of His saving law to our lives.
God remembers what He made. He is forever sustaining us, not according to our human goodness or lack of it, but according to His own goodness and fullness of it. We stray like children at times, not knowing what we are doing and blowing it, to our own estimation. It can feel like we are scarred by this, but that’s not what Truth sees. It is not what God knows. He is faithful to His ideal. His Mind is keeping intact that glorious idea that He caused, the true and innocent you that may be hidden by shame and fear but which has not left His thought; which has not left reality.
We are not punished by God for errors of sense. We are always being cleansed by His Love. It isn’t He that needs to be ready to forgive us, but we that must be willing to accept His uninterrupted Love as legitimate, timely, and freeing.
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