For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins. - Hebrews 8:12, HCSB
This summer, I've been endeavoring to learn a new software program called Sketchup Pro. It is very cool and very intimidating at the same time. I'm so glad someone started the "For Dummies" series because I have watched a lot of "Sketchup for Dummies" videos on YouTube. I'm considering ordering the "Sketchup for Dummies" book.
One thing I have learned very quickly is that I can just draw a box around my project, highlight the entire thing and hit the delete button. Then I can start all over again. I've lost count of how many times I've used that feature. As I'm learning, I would realize that I should have done something or not done something before I got to a certain step, so I would start over. I would make progress again and then reach a point where I realized that I forgot a critical detail, so I would start over. Highlight, delete, start over - pretty simple!
That would be a nice feature in life, wouldn't it? Too many times, I've said, "If I only knew then, what I know now, I would have done things differently." Or, I've looked back and questioned, "Why? Just what was I thinking?" Sound familiar? If only I could highlight that moment in time, delete and do it over!
Life isn't a software program, although we do have the ultimate "Life for Dummies" book. Without the guidance of the Scriptures, I know that I would have stayed lost. And those moments we wish we could do over? We can't delete them, but somehow God does delete their memory. Psalm 103:12 says, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." As humans, we can't help recalling memories, even of things we want to forgive. Yet, God doesn't even recall the memories. Omniscient God doesn't recall my sin! This is amazing, beautiful and wondrous!
Don't allow your past sins, past mistakes, past errors in judgment to shackle you today. To quote Spurgeon, "No stocks can hold a man as fast as his own guilty fears." There is forgiveness! That's the whole point of redemption's plan, isn't it? Forgiveness! What a blessed gift from the Divine! Live in that comfort now and allow it to empower you to do what you should today.
O infinite grace! O what wonderful love!
Oh love of the One I adore!
For a sinner unworthy, Christ came from above
He remembers my sins no more. (by Floyd W. Hawkins)
My name is Lynn Pauley. I'm just a normal woman, with normal struggles. Any success I've found comes from following the Scriptures. I'll update this blog as time and inspiration permit.