THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
1 Peter 2:10 (NLT2)
THE NEW ME: I’M TOTALLY FORGIVEN
There was a country doctor in Scotland who had a very poor practice. Although his patients would pay him in eggs, chickens, vegetables at harvest, and meat at slaughtering time, his huge ledger book would contain many names, symptoms, treatments, and prescriptions, but a lot of empty boxes or columns where nothing was paid. Once per year, the doctor would go through his book and write “Forgiven” wherever he knew the patients would never be able to pay.
When the doctor died and his heirs received all of his material possessions, they brooded over the ledger book and all of the “Forgiven” debts. Eventually, they tried to take some of the patients to court. But as the judge gave close examination of the ledger he declared: Nothing is owed here. All has been forgiven.”
Before any of us became Christians we had a sin debt that we owed. However, after we accepted the death of Jesus on the cross as payment for our sin debt we were shown mercy and forgiven. That’s why Peter writes, “Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.
There may be times that you struggle with sins of your past. You may struggle with God being able to forgive you or you may struggle with being able to forgive yourself. God doesn’t have that struggle because of the sufficiency of Jesus death in your place and because He delights in showing mercy. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy. You are totally forgiven. Ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you.