(Judges 3-5, Luke 7:31-50)
48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7)
Maybe you’ve been saved such a long time now that you have forgotten the weight of your sin and burden of your guilt. You’ve been free for such a long time that you can’t remember the pain of your bondage. Or maybe the shame you once carried is still embedded deep in your conscience.
I think maybe some of us have forgotten the wonder of being forgiven. We’ve grown accustom to our liberty! And this is good, because it’s for freedom that we have been set free by Jesus!! But there is power in remembering where we were when we encountered Him that first time.
Do you remember when you first felt His nearness? Surely you shrunk back from Him, averting your eyes, while trying to hide your shame. You felt more exposed than ever. Though you hid, you weren’t hidden from Him. Though you made your bed in hell, even there His love pursued you. There, feeling more exposed, recognizing more fully than ever that you were fully known, surrendered all. His unexpected kindness compelled you to repent then and there. And all at once, His love flooded in and you first felt the power of His forgiveness….and you were saved! Don’t forget!