I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
In the classic children’s tale, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, one of my favorite scenes is when Aslan the Lion, representing Christ, presents Edmond, the prodigal brother, to his three siblings after he has been rescued from the White Witch. After a private meeting with the once-traitorous youngster, Aslan addresses the siblings with the words, “Here is your brother, Edmond. And there is no need to talk about the past.”
That’s redemption! Edmond represents all of us who have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But Jesus paid for your sins and affected your rescue with his own blood. The Bible says that when we become new in Christ, “the old has gone; the new has come!” The old life of rebellion and sin is gone. The record of our wrongs was nailed to the cross. Therefore, when Jesus presents you before the universe, He says, “Here is your brother or your sister. And there is no need to talk about the past.”
Hallelujah! Aren’t you glad Love keeps no record of wrong? Then you must keep no records either. As you’ve been forgiven, forgive. As Jesus has shredded the records of your failures, shred the records of those who have failed you. It’s the way of Love. It’s the way of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Walk ye in it.
A Prayer for Forgiving Others
Dear Jesus, You know what happened to me wasn’t fair, and I want to get even. The last thing I feel like doing is forgiving. But then I think of what people did to You Jesus and You forgave them. As hard as it is, I know I must forgive, because I’ve done things that were wrong and I need Your forgiveness. That’s why I’m claiming Your promise in Luke 6:37, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.’” I want to be like You. Please give me forgiveness in my heart for anyone who has hurt me! Thank You Jesus. Amen.
(Taken from Prayer Promises for Kids! By Kay Kuzma and Brenda Walsh, Pacific Press Publishing Assoc., Nampa, Idaho, 2009, p. 49)