Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. Micah 7:18 NIV
There are many parents who have struggled with at least one child who has always been mischievous and disobedient; the child that rebelled and fought to have his or her own way, in spite of disciplinary efforts, the child who always caused chaos and disrupted the peaceful existence of the family home. It is especially disheartening when the background reveals an upbringing in a healthy environment where love, nurturing, structure and discipline were provided, yet the child failed to respond or to change their wayward behaviors. Unfortunately, the tug-of-war that existed not only disrupted the family dynamics but also left its mark on the other siblings and the parents.
When we study the Word of God, we become acquainted with the Nation of Israel who God loved, protected, delivered, and extended His mercy and compassion by forgiving them of their ongoing rebellion against him. The one and only God, our Heavenly Father endured the willful disobedience of subsequent generations; yet He still extended forgiveness based on grace and mercy. In spite of Israel’s desires to indulge in the worldly pleasures of idol worship and other pagan practices, God still made promises reflecting His grace: “As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.” Micah 7:15
Even when we strive to give our best to God, we struggle with the battle of fulfilling our own desires which are enmity against God. We have been forewarned of our limitations: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8 NLT. When does our rebellion against our Father end? What more can God give to us or do for us that He has not already done?
Rebellion on a spiritual level is quite different from the child’s rebellion which impacts and disrupts the entire family. The sin of disobedience against God destroys the sinner who gradually becomes desensitized to the truth; in fact, that disobedience leads to the same behaviors that were displayed by Pharaoh when Moses and Aaron approached him with God’s command to free Israel from enslavement. “Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.’ ” Exodus 5:2 NIV.
The sin that the sinner loves results in a self-destructive mission that separates them from God; fortunately no one else but the sinner has to suffer from the wages of sin, which is death. Spiritually, we experience the death of our relationship with God when we choose to sin against Him.
Our situation is not hopeless! God has the solution to our rebelliousness:
Repentance is feeling godly remorse and sorrow with the intent to never commit the sin again; repentance is based on humility, and the understanding of God’s grace and mercy, it is acknowledging that it is God and God alone that you have sinned against.
Only God does not place a limit on how many times we can repent and ask Him for forgiveness.
We may ask others for forgiveness when we have committed wrongdoing against them; however, it is God our Heavenly Father that we should confess and repent our sins to, for no other human being has the power to forgive our sins and to cast all of our sins into the depths of the sea, never to be remembered again.
Yes, the choice to sin places us in a miserable situation in our lives; even so, God in his infinite mercy still waits for us to cease our rebellion against him. And He continues to show forth Unconditional Love in spite of our disobedience by promising to forgive us from all unrighteousness.
“For I will forgive their iniquities and will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12
I, yes I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19
Bible Reading: Micah 7
Prayer for today: Dear God, We come to you with humble hearts as we confess and repent of our sins which are against you. We ask forgiveness for our rebelliousness and our behaviors which indicate we do not know you nor do we have a relationship with you. We pray for the strength to turn from our wicked ways and to serve you with love, and the desire to commit ourselves wholly to you. God, we thank you for your love, your compassion, your grace and mercy, and your promises to cast our sins into the sea of forgiveness. We love you, and we praise your Holy Name. We humbly ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus who died and rose again that we may have Eternal life if we so choose. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019