In quiet moments I’ve been thinking about forgiveness. What does it mean to be forgiven by God?
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
It seems my nature to want to run in the opposite direction of God when sin entices … but I know the end of that story … it’s clear that sin ends in despair, destruction, death. How like a little child … “No, it wasn’t me; I don’t know how that happened,” … we run, hide, deny … and yet … the invitation is simple, sweet, and gentle … if I confess, he forgives.
~ Denise Levertov
Oh! foolish heart, how slow wert thou
To welcome thy dear guest,
To change thy weariness and care
For comfort, peace and rest.
Close to his side, oh! may I stay,
Just to behold his face,
Till I shall wear within my soul
The image of his grace.
The grace that changes hearts of stone
To tenderness and love,
And bids us run with willing feet
Unto his courts above.
~Frances E. W. Harper