“He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses.” (Psalm 103:10)
God could have dealt with us according to our sins and repaid us according to our offenses, but He did not. Instead, here is what He did: “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8)
The psalmist expands on this: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgression from us… for He know what we are made of, remembering that we are dust.” (Verses 11-14)
What a glorious, encouraging, healing, and liberating thought! By the blood of Christ, in our response of faith, the verdict is in: “Not guilty! Forgiven!” Remember what Jesus said? “If the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” (John 9:36)
Now, we are free to live, to walk with God in a life that is more than dust. Now, our lives have substance and purpose.
Father, You created us, and now You have re-created us by Your grace through our faith response to You and Your truth. Help us to live lives of purpose and substance. Amen.