then, what floored me, is that he coupled it with another verse, one that is very familiar to me since i read psalm 103 very frequently. the combination of the two literally screamed freedom to me. God's lavish grace poured out on us, absolutely unbelievable, beyond comprehension, and just downright un-human. it is so backwards from our finite way of thinking, the way we tend to judge others on their sin and their shortcomings. the bad cancels out the good, so often, when we look at our own lives and other people's lives. not so, when God looks at us:
... as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10
if we have been reconciled through the blood of Christ, God forgets every single sin... but then He specifically remembers every single good work that we do. how is this fair? it's not. and that's Grace friends. that is Grace.
sometimes i forget that God is not a bigger, more powerful, more holy version of us. no... He. IS. God. all-powerful, all-knowing, the definition of holy, the very essence of righteousness. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. i am so often guilty of attributing my own fallen and destructive thoughts onto Him, what freedom there is when we actually dig in to His thoughts toward us, as recorded in His holy Word.
i'll be feasting on His lavish Grace this afternoon and i hope you'll join me.
[click here for the full service and sermon. because honestly, it was just oozing with freedom and Grace. just oozing. you'll want to listen to it]