Author: Sallie Ross

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

This is the reality. It is more than just an expansive illustration of the fact that God forgives us. This is His reality.

For some reason, this is a place where we get tripped up easily. The thinking usually goes along the lines of: “I know that God forgives me, but I just can’t forgive myself.” The problem here is that there is nothing in scripture that tells us to forgive ourselves. And by refusing to receive God’s forgiveness as full payment for our sins, we are saying that what He did on the cross is not enough.

It sounds harsh, but it truly is a place that causes people to stumble. Unconditional love isn’t easy for us to receive, forgiveness isn’t easy for us to receive, grace isn’t easy for us to receive. But it’s not about ease, it’s about truth.

How would our lives be different if we didn’t wrestle with this? How would they be different if, when the old tapes come back to “remind us” of our unworthiness we could simply respond “Yep, I’m unworthy, but He did it anyway, and I am so grateful!”

What is the mileage we get from not receiving this truth? Is it an excuse to remain somewhat on the spiritual sidelines? Is it a means of attempting to project humility? Is it a way of getting reassurance from others? These might be good questions to sit with, but what is even more important to sit with is the fact that Jesus died for our sins–and they are forgiven.

What that truth can do to the posture of our hearts is profound–not in how we see ourselves but in how we see our Lord. And when we can see the depth of what He has done for us, we can look at others differently as well, as we stand side by side on the level ground at the foot of the cross.

–Lord God, I ask for your grace to receive the truth of your forgiveness. That I may be drawn farther into the life-giving wonder of You.