Thursday, May 12, 2005

Just some thoughts from a man with big ears

"For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (Heb. 8:12).

Think about all the evil in the world. Most of it hinges on grace and forgiveness. Hotel Rwanda, for example, one tribe did something to another tribe, then a war started in Rwanda, people were killed, many died. No forgiveness. You kill our people, we will kill yours. Genocide.

It's amazing that God is so forgiving. We have a tough time with forgiveness and usually we only know half the wrongs done towards us. God knows ALL the sin and disgust we have done, and He is still able and willing to forgive us. Not only are we stubborn in forgiving people, we are often stubborn in forgiving ourselves.

He not only forgives our sin, He chooses not to remember it. (Micah 7:18-19 NIV) "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. {19} You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea." Not only are our sins forgiven, they are thrown into the deep parts of the sea, not the kiddie pool where they can be easily seen. Deep.

The difference between us and God is our ability to remember. We can forgive others and we can forgive ourselves, but we will always remember. Sin hurts, whether it is inflicted or received. It kills.

The ability to really forgive comes only from the Lord. If you have been forgiven, it becomes "easier" to forgive.

On a happy note, I have officially met the first person who had an "ear" tact. I will not release names. But this person apparently had big ears like me but chose to have theirs "appended." This is hilarious.


Candice said...

I was reading your post thinking...this is so fantastic. It's so hard to remember that God forgives us, so why can't we forgive ourselves? ...Then I get to the end of your blog. I just wonder who you might be referring to?

JT said...

Whit, I guess I'm just a lil jealous that I didn't get my ears pinned back like "that" girl :) Whoever she is. Hahah. I always listen well, how could you not with these big ears :)

andersonranchero said...

If it makes you feel better about your ears... Rumor has it my parents taped my ears back when I was little. And the rumor was started by my parents so it must be true.