FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…
Philippians 3:13 (ESV)
ACCEPTING HIS FORGIVENESS
Thomas A. Edison was working on a crazy contraption called a “light bulb,” and it took a whole team of men 24 straight hours to put just one together. The story goes that when Edison was finished with one light bulb, he gave it to a young boy helper, who nervously carried it up the stairs. Step by step, he cautiously watched his hands, obviously frightened of dropping such a priceless piece of work. You’ve probably guessed what happened by now; the poor young fellow dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. It took the entire team of men twenty-four more hours to make another bulb. Finally, tired and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his bulb carried up the stairs. He gave it to the same young boy who dropped the first one. That’s true forgiveness.
When we were reconciled with our Heavenly Father, He forgave us of all our sins, past, present, and future. Each day we have a choice. We can live in the past and allow guilt to tie us down. Or, we can learn from our past and choose to live in the present, covered by the grace of God.
The Apostle John learned to live this way. He wrote, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-2 ESV). Are you living in the grace of God?