That’s how I started off my “sermon” notes. Guess I was eager, yet slightly breathless at the opportunity and privilege of sharing with women who were older and definitely wiser than I was!
Have you ever heard the song, “Be ye kind, one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven you, do-do, dootley-do, Ephesians 4:32″? What a great song. I liked the do-do part when I was little, but the message of the verse rings so true with me today!
The first thing I discovered as I searched the Scriptures for “forgiveness” was the concept of God as our Great Forgiver. The depths of His forgiveness simply cannot register with us, but oh, I yearn to try. You see, the “coolest thing” is knowing Jesus, as I wrote in my notes. Jeremiah 31:34 says, ” ‘They shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying,”‘Know the Lord,” for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.’ ”
So if the goal for the end of time is to simply know the Lord, and the impetus behind that knowledge is His forgiveness, then that characteristic deserves a little attention!
Next time: The definition of forgiveness.