East from West.

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12.

Many people, especially those who do not put their faith in God, tend to view God as an angry deity that is ready to punish us at a moment’s notice for even the slightest infraction. This notion could not be farther from the truth.

Yes, God is holy. Yes, He is righteous, and He expects us to strive to be righteous as well. God detests sin. He expects us to flee from sin, though we will not always do so. Yet, as the great poet David points out, God is forgiving. The forgiveness that God offers us is one of the most important blocks upon which Christianity is built. If God offers us no forgiveness for the sins we’ve committed, then there Christ died for nothing. But that is not the case, for God takes away all the blots, smears, and stains that sin has left on our souls and He washes us whiter than snow in Christ’s blood.

A person who has never sinned cannot appreciate what it means to be forgiven; only someone who has done wrong can appreciate forgiveness. We are all sinners, we have all needed forgiveness. David needed forgiveness for his sins, just like the rest of us.  He experienced the relief and peace that comes from having his sins removed as far away from him as the east is from the west. Just think about that, how far is the east from the west? They are complete opposites; you will never reach the west if you head east. When God forgives us, He takes our sins as far away from us as these two directions are from one another. Our sins are gone, we are to think of them no more. God wipes our slate clean, picks us up off the ground, gives us a second chance. As long as we seek Him and His righteousness, He will continue to forgive us when we miss the mark. We will never be perfect, but God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He expects us to grow more righteous every day, and He forgives us when we stumble and fall.

Thank God for His forgiveness. Praise Him for cleansing us of our sins and removing the stains of our transgressions. Thank Him for His faithful love.

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