advent | day three.

I’m here for Day 3 of #samjyogaadvent ✨ and today’s theme is FORGIVE.

I’m about to get really real for a second.

A year and a half ago, I flipped my seemingly “perfect” Christian life upside down. Since then, I’ve been searching and recovering prices of myself that I’d lost along the way. My relationship with God took some huge hits, and I’ve lamented over how to get back the faith and zeal I once knew.

One of the biggest hurdles I’ve been able to identify in my faith has been my own sin and my own “bad” behaviors. Some days I feel like they define my life and that I’m the most filthy, dirty snake, and would I be to approach God to ask for mercy? What reason would He have to forgive such an arrogant sinner?

But then this:

Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, Israel. You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings, nor honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with grain offerings nor wearied you with demands for incense. You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses. I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, remembers your sins no more. (Isaiah 43:22-25 NIV)

Did you catch that?

He said “FOR MY OWN SAKE, [He] REMEMBERS YOUR SINS NO MORE.” He answers that nagging voice of unbelief in my heart with this resounding declaration: He does it for Himself.

We were created because He wanted us. God was never obligated to any of this. He has the greatest, most perfect love in His own heart for His creation, and our rebellion grieves Him. He forgives it like any good father (I see you Chris Tomlin) would do in order to restore a relationship with any prodigal child; because He WANTS TO.

When we have broken relationships and our hearts are grieving, this is our model for forgiveness. This is the precedent Jesus set before us. We forgive, for our own sake, freely and willingly, because we want to, and out of LOVE.

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