verb (used with object), x-ed or x’d [ekst], x-ing or x’ing [ek-sing]
1. to cross out or mark with or as if with an x (often followed by out): to x out an error.
I have been thinking about forgiveness a lot lately. God’s forgiveness. My need for forgiveness. My need of forgiveness from others.
As I’ve studied the bible, I noticed that God did not cross out our transgressions. Our sins aren’t Xed out. When something is Xed out, you can still see it. For example, you can still read this, even though it’s been crossed out.
When God forgives us, He doesn’t cross out our sin, He blots out our sin. It is removed. As if it never happened!
When we confess our sin, in Christ, we are completely cleansed!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 | NIV
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,and remembers your sins no more.
Isaiah 43:25 | NIV
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.
Psalms 103:11c-12 | NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2 | NIV
If you are struggling with self condemnation, talk with God. Tell Him what’s bothering you. He loves you. He’s waiting for you. He’s offering forgiveness and cleansing to all who will receive it.
Isn’t it time to let go of the junk from your past and accept His loving forgiveness? It’s time to walk in freedom from condemnation.
Once we choose to walk in the freedom and forgiveness offered to us in Christ, we can then learn to forgive others. But that discussion is for another day.