Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
In many a counseling session, a person or a couple will feel at a standstill in their relationship. Finger-pointing ensues and you hear something like; “He ALWAYS…” or “She NEVER…” when in fact, neither of those are true. In getting to the root of the problem, often, a list of offenses is shared by one or the other or both – the relationship’s ‘scorecard’.
The ‘scorecard’ comes out when a wound is reopened. The ‘scorecard’ comes out when the other is vulnerable and we want vengeance. This ‘scorecard’ becomes a valuable weapon to guard against our hurts by making the other hurt more. Making the statement altruistic:
“Hurt people hurt people.”
Wiping the slate clean may work until the hurt sustained is more that they can forgive… and so another scorecard is begun. Most of us do not fully understand forgiveness; or at least biblical forgiveness. The Old Testament sacrifices basically was sin’s scorecard. Offend the law, and you needed to perform the appropriate sacrifice to remove that sin. The law boils down to a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’.
If we are not careful, our understanding of why the law was given will be lost. There is not one account of those who lived in those times who kept all the law. Abraham was a liar, Moses and David were murderers. Yet, those men were seen as righteous by a Holy God. God could take out His Heavenly scorecard against each of those men and beat them to a pulp with it.
The law was given to show us, sinful man, that we could never be righteous in our own strength; in our own power. We needed a Savior.
Then Jesus came and said;
Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
He came to fulfill what the prophecies foretold thousands of years prior to His being born to Mary that day. The blood of those countless lambs, goats and bulls only became the picture of Christ’s perfect sacrifice.
Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Hebrews 10:12 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”
The power of what was provided for each and every sinner who comes to God by faith, finds that every sin; past present and future, is now forgiven. And according to the text verse today – NEVER to be brought up again because God chooses to remember them no more.
If you are saved, you are seen as righteous – justified; just as if you had never sinned. To meditate on that thought should literally overwhelm us to tears when we think of what it cost Jesus to purchase. The utter weight of billions and billions of sins placed upon our Savior as he hung naked before a lost crowd of mockers and scorners. Alone. Bearing the weight of the world – and on top of that, His own Father had to turn His back on His Son not able to look on sin nor be in its presence.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The forgiveness that has been given to us should beget the same when dealing with those closest to us in our lives today.
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Our scorecards that we keep against one another helps our enemy perpetuate the hatred he has for God by hurting His heart. God made the way and set the example for us to follow. Our sense of justice wants to see others hurt.
How much more of a case would our Heavenly Father have against us for the sins we heaped upon His Son? I am utterly in awe that we are not consumed in a fiery bolt that would literally obliterate our existence from the face of the earth.
And then, His true, unconditional, agape love comes through to utterly and totally wipe the slate clean – NEVER to be brought up, thought of, talked about or remembered again. For some, forgiveness come easily. Others, need more for me to forgive and then there are some, whom we revile, hate, and wish evil upon.
Christ came for ALL to save ALL. His love and forgiveness is extended to them when we, His children, give it. No, it will truly never satisfy our sense of justice, but if we leave the judgment part to the One who has perfect justice, we can follow the command to love one another as we ought.
Our enemy reminds us of past faults, failures and wants to rub our noses in the stinky mess of our sins. When I pull out my scorecard against someone, who am I acting more like – my Heavenly Father or His enemy – the devil?