We all know that we fall short of God’s standard of righteousness, right living. Our conscience speaks of our guilt. Rather than listen to our conscience we try to drown it the best we can.
After all, what can we do about our wrongs? We can’t erase what we’ve done. There are no do-overs. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could cover our sins so God couldn’t see them? Hide all our mistakes, and wrongdoings, our sins?
Instead, we try to forget. We fill our lives with lots of activities: tv watching, alcohol, drugs, etc. But, when all is still and quiet, we still know that we are guilty.
Sometimes we admit we are guilty, but think God is not fair and we are angry about it. Angry at God for being so demanding. After all, we are only human, right?
Yes, God does demand righteousness, but he also provides the righteousness as a gift. Does that not seem fair?
When we were away from God (his enemies) he reconciled us to himself by the death of his son. Romans 5:10 God wraps us in righteousness and reconciles us to himself.
It costs us nothing. It cost God everything. Jesus, his son, was sent to give his life that we might have forgiveness... if we want it. It doesn’t automatically fall on everyone. Each person has to receive this gift for himself. Jesus told a very good man that each person needs to be born again, allowing his life to be birthed in us. This gives us the right to be called the children of God. John1:12
When we accept his gift, we receive forgiveness and are clothed in his righteousness. Our sins are covered.
Psalms 130:3-4 “If you, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.”
Psalms 86:5 “For you, Lord, are good and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you.”
Psalms 85:2 “You have forgiven the iniquity of your people; you have covered all their sin.”
Psalms 32:1 “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness.”
Thank you, Lord, that you are ready to forgive. Thank you for clothing us with your robe of righteousness and covering us with the garments of salvation.