Joseph Forgives Brothers • Devotion #5: Psalm 103
Sierra Combs | Women’s Ministry Director
Dear Mom. I am so sorry…Can you please forgive me? I hope you still love me. Do you still love me?
I woke up to this letter on my pillow recently, written by my six-year-old daughter. I left out the details of her trespass, but to honest, it was pretty minor. Unfortunately, as you can see from her sad and questioning note, my reaction was not as kind and understanding as it should have been. When I read her words that morning, my heart sunk. I felt like I had just been stabbed with a dagger to my heart. This is my daughter, whom I love more than words could ever describe. There is nothing I would not do for her. While her disobedience and mistakes can make me angry, frustrated, and sad, there is nothing that she could ever do that would change the way I feel about her. Yet, there she was, praying that I would forgive her and hoping that I still loved her (the daggers are still fresh here and I think they always will be). Within seconds of reading the letter, I ran to her room, scooped her up in my arms, and told her how much I adore her. I told her that she was forgiven and that there is not a mess up too big that would ever cause me to stop loving her.
Perhaps you find yourself feeling like my Colbie did that morning. Maybe you messed up. Maybe you messed up so bad, and you find yourself saying, “God I am so sorry! Can you please forgive me? I hope you still love me. Do you still love me?” Maybe you do not even want to wait around for the answer because you are sure it is going to be, “No.” Is this you? Friend, let me just tell you a little bit about the Father. He is wild about you! He loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for every poor choice. If you confess your sin and call on Him to be your Savior, He is faithful to forgive. He is right there waiting to scoop you up in His arms and tell you how much He loves you. Are you still doubting it? Flip to Psalm 103:8-12. Highlight and memorize it. It says:
“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Do you know how high the heavens are above the Earth? The galaxies are infinite! That is how much He loves you. Do you know how far the east is from the west? Think about it. If you travelled north, eventually you would hit the north pole and then start heading south, until you hit the south pole and started heading north again. But if you turn to the east, you will keep going east. And if you turn to the west, you will keep going west. Both roads just keep going on forever in their specific directions. That immeasurable distance is how far He removes our transgressions from us. All we need to do is ask. With His blood that was shed on the cross, He wipes the slate clean. Thank you, Jesus!