2nd January 2014

God Removes Our Sins 

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Psalm 103:11-12 (NKJV) 

Have you ever worried and agonized over some past sin or mistake and wondered if God could ever forgive you? 

While visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe some years ago, I had the occasion to chat to a young lady.  I could see she was rather depressed due to some bad choices she had made in her life, which left her parents angry. I felt sorry for her and told her that God loves her and has forgiven the wrong things she had done. She responded negatively by saying, “What…God forgive me? God couldn’t forgive me!” No amount of reassurance on my part seemed to have much effect on her, and I just hope that at some later stage she did come to see, indeed, that Jesus loved her and died for her. 

The above passage taken from Psalm 103 tells us clearly that God has removed our sins as ‘far as the east is from the west.’ It’s interesting that David uses the expression, ‘as far as the east is from the west’ and not ‘as far as the north is from the south.’  If one is travelling in a westerly direction, no matter how far one travels, one will continue to travel west. Not so if one travels in a north/south direction, for then one will come to a fixed location on a map of the world, and then the journey will take on a south/north direction. A small point perhaps, but God was showing David by analogy, the good news that our sins, by comparison, are removed as far as infinity

If we can only believe and trust what our merciful Father in heaven has told us in this Psalm, he will not only remove our sins, but will also take care of our guilt, anxiety and fears, replacing those damaging emotions with a clear conscience and a determination to move ahead positively. The Apostle Paul put it well when he said that “there is therefore now no condemnation [guilt] to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1). 

God knows our weakness and proclivity to ‘miss the mark’ spiritually, and he is patiently waiting for us to confess our sins to him. When we do that, “…He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). 

Heavenly Father, I thank You that when I fall short of Your righteousness, I have an advocate in the person of Your Son, Jesus, who is the propitiation for my sins.

Study by John Magowan


johnmagowanAbout the Author:
John Magowan is a member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Community Church, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

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Grace Communion Lisburn
Ballymacbrennan School Hall
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