by Linda Veath
My tears fell. I had committed a sin. I knew better than that, but I did it anyway. And I ended up hurting someone I cared about.
I knelt by the bed in my room and cried and cried. But I couldn’t fix it. No one could. Finally, I managed to arise and look out the window at the beautiful sky. As I cried, I could see and feel God’s presence with me. A gift from Him. It was then I heard another soft noise.
I gasped when I realized what I was hearing. It was God weeping. He was crying for me. How could He, when I had been so wrong? I had hurt someone. Yet my God, the God Who loves me, who hurts when I sin, was crying over me.
Jesus Himself goes before God the Father and covers our sin with His blood. Then He tells us to go and sin no more. I am so amazed—and grateful—at the forgiveness of God. Jesus died on the cross for me. And for you. He brought my sins, and yours, dipped in His blood before the cross, assuring that we would be forgiven. We can rest in that peace, trusting God for a new life in that peace. Because of His blood.
When I awoke to the fullness of what Jesus had done for me, I sank to my knees and said, “Thank you, Lord.”
What beautiful love is this that we have? If we have treated someone poorly, let us come together as a group and pray. Lift up God’s Word and rejoice in His salvation.
Psalm 51:1-2 ~ Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compression blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Isaiah 1:18-19 ~ “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Ephesians 2:4-6 ~ But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him.
May the love and forgiveness of our Lord cover us in Jesus’ blood and tears, shed for each of us. And all God’s children cried AMEN.