A God of Extremes #2
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12 NIV
As far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. MSG
I don’t know about you, but my forgiveness generally stretches the length of a city block, maybe a mile or two on a good day. One overheard conversation, one glimpse of the offending person, one trigger can call up the offence in living color and then it begins—a stage-worthy rehearsal, including the precise setting and perfect recitation of lines. And yet, my offences to God, vastly more grievous than any I have suffered, are distanced from me until they’re not visible. One cannot see the east and west or the sunrise and sunset at the same time—the distance God has separated our sins from us. He cannot look at us and see our sin.
I love the tying together of love and forgiveness in these verses. The extreme love we discussed last week cannot exist without extreme forgiveness and extreme forgiveness cannot be offered without extreme love.
I am thankful that there are no triggers that cause God to rehearse my sins, even when I repeat the same offences. According to Colossians 2:14, my sin was nailed to Jesus’ cross and is no longer alive. Jesus’ example shows me it’s not my offender I should crucify, but my own flesh.
Jesus, I am humbled by your extreme forgiveness. Spirit, help me to extremely forgive. Father, thank you for extremely separating my sins from me—as far as the east is from the west.