While traveling in Kentucky, I saw this on a sign for a Presbyterian Church. I couldn’t help but to smile. There’s so much truth in this statement.
How many times, growing up or attending a church heard this passage of scripture?
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6
“There is none that doeth good, no not one.” – Romans 3:10
The problem is, these verses are referring to individuals who are lost, and know not God.
However, when we become a Christian, you know what happens to past sin?
1. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalms 103:12
2. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
3. “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 10:17 (…in case you missed it the first time.)
So no, our journey with Christ was never, ever, intended to be a guilt trip, but a trip filled with awe and wonder of the grace, and mercy of God.
Speaking of God, He is not some being sitting on the edge of his throne anxious for us to mess up so He can turn us into a pillar of salt. On the contrary, we have been adopted into His family!
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 KJV
The icing on the cake? Under Jewish law, I could disown my natural born child if he/she did something to disgrace the family. However, if I adopted a child, by law, no matter what that child did, I could not disown the child, regardless of what that child has done.
So if you have repented of some sin in your past, and have made it right between you, and God, and someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you, tell him to forget it…