Foolish Things Christians Believe: My Past Is Not Fatal day 4
Stand in the Middle
As far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 ESV
East and west - compass points that have an opposite orientation, yet somehow they pull together under my feet, one being east and one being west, inescapable.
How do I recognise when people don’t understand how far removed we are from our inescapable past when Jesus does the removing? Keep your ears open and listen for hints of their perspective of forgiveness.
You may spot a bit of deception, sleight-of-hand used to avoid full disclosure of the guilt they carry. Or you may catch a glimpse of self-deception, a false sense of their own perfection or their own ability to manage. You may hear complaints about the faults of others and the injuries inflicted by them. Stand in the middle of life with them for a time to get to know their own personal ditch of living without grace.
In the meantime, commit them to God in your prayers regularly. Pray today’s verse for them and see God’s vision for them where east and west are far removed, where a life they can’t imagine is possible.
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