Some days it feels like everywhere I turn my actions are captured and saved. The imprint left behind from a Google search stamps itself onto every social media platform, eCommerce site and blog. My every move. Saved and exposed.
It’s no wonder I lack the capacity to fully understand Christ’s forgiveness. There’s nothing like it here on earth. And the world we now live in makes it even more foreign. I know His journey to the cross means through His grace, I am given the gift of forgiveness. A forgiveness that frees me of my wrongs, no strings attached. But it’s hard for me to imagine those sins are gone. Forgiven. Forgotten. Forever.
With this blurred ability to separate how Christ forgives and how our world remembers, I struggle to live with the freedom Jesus intends. I know that even when I clear the history tab from Google, it still knows what I’ve done. So it becomes natural to think Jesus does the same.
But He doesn’t. Jesus does not hold you captive to your sins. You do.
I’m here to remind you, as well as myself, that His journey to the cross, the ultimate sacrifice, took with Him your sins every time you repent. There is no saved history, no cloud back-up and no restoring feature. When He forgives, He leaves mercy and grace. So take His mercy and grace, take that alone, and let joy and freedom replenish your heart.
Relevant Scripture: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Christ, in a world where we’ve become accustomed to saved history, search activity and stored passwords – help us to know the difference between this earthly convenience and You. May we know, believe and feel the freedom that comes with Your forgiveness. Once forgiven, help us to remove it from our search history so we might live freely, embracing the joyful journey you intended. Amen.