"Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin. My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin." Job 14:16-17
Forgiveness. It's an area where many of us struggle. When someone hurts you, it's hard to let it go. We like to take the pain and coddle it, mull it over, and relive the hurtful conversation or action. Soon the infection turns to bitterness. And bitterness turns the heart hard and away from God.
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. When we hurt others, the pain often ricochets. The disappointment turns inward. We are devastated by our own actions and words.
Look at today's passage. Job reminds us that God will not keep track of our sin. He seals it up in a bag, buries it in the ground, and covers it over. He puts it behind His back. He throws it in the sea of forgetfulness. He puts it out of sight and out of mind. But be sure God does not take sin lightly. He sent His Son to pay sin's penalty on the cross.
God forgives us completely. We need to forgive others ... and ourselves.
Father, thank You for Your complete forgiveness. Help us show our gratitude by offering forgiveness to someone today. In Jesus' name. Amen.