Written by: Tim Wood

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. (Psalm 130:3-4 NIV)

 When I got into trouble at school (which was almost every day), my offenses were kept in a file called my permanent record. Supposedly, this was a file kept in the principal’s office that followed you and hounded you everywhere you go. If you changed schools your permanent record went with you. A permanent record never goes away. It’s permanent. It still exists today. I hope my permanent record never becomes public.

What if the Lord kept a record? What if the Lord marked iniquities? We wouldn’t stand a chance. We wouldn’t have any hope. We would all be sunk.

God doesn’t keep a record of sins because with God there is forgiveness. God chooses to focus on forgiveness rather than failure. The Bible uses a number of images to describe how God deals with our sins.

Isaiah 44:22 - I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.

Jeremiah 31:34 - For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.

Isaiah 38:17 - In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.

Micah 7:19 - You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

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

Hallelujah! Praise God with whom there is forgiveness! Our sins are forgiven, forgotten, removed, buried and swept away. They can’t condemn us. They shouldn’t hound us. They should never stop us because with God there is forgiveness. Let that truth grip your soul, thrill your heart and renew your mind.

Why doesn’t God see our sins? Because He sees the blood of Jesus which cleanses us from sin. God didn’t overlook sin, He willingly laid it on Jesus so we can experience the freedom of forgiveness.

Prayer: God, we are deeply thankful that you don’t keep a record of sins. We acknowledge that with you there is forgiveness. AMEN!