April 2 - Maundy Thursday
And since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. - Hebrews 10:13-18
This may come as a surprise for those that know me, but I am not perfect. Of course I say this in jest, but when I look back at my life and live it today, I have to acknowledge being overwhelmed with my sin. If I dwell on my shortcomings, it is easy to be completely burdened by guilt of past sins and fearful that God will not really forgive me when He looks at my name in His book. This, too, is a sin for who am I to think my sins are less forgivable than yours?
When I feel unforgiven, this verse in Hebrews reminds me that I can rest because God took care of my sin when He sacrificed His own son Jesus! I love how the verse says "those who are being made holy". I can rest that I am being made holy through the Holy Spirit. I can rest that the Holy Spirit stirs within me when I do not live in God's ways and steers me towards Him. I am really excited that God says He will not remember my sins - WOW! How can that be? That can be because I have been forgiven by Jesus paying the ultimate price - for me. These are words in the Bible and I believe it. I can walk in faith that I am being made holy and I am forgiven.
Thank you God for your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your forgiveness and making me new. Help me to live in your ways and prepare me to face you by making me holy. I love you, Lord. Amen