Perceptions of Forgiveness
What is your perception of the way Jesus cares for us or judges us for our sins? Here’s one person’s hilarious interpretation:
I admit, I had to laugh out loud when I saw this. Not just because it uses that silly voice and rediculous comments to call out the disciples’ “sins,” but it is absurd to think that Jesus looks at us as portrayed in this video.
1 Timothy 5:24 (NLT) says,
Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later.
Jesus doesn’t just call us all together and start pointing out our faults. We do not go into the presence of God asking for judgment or a reminder of the sins we’ve committed since the last time we met. It is equally absurd to assume that Jesus is only interested in pointing out our shortfalls. In my perception, Jesus isn’t a nit-picky prude who only wants to shame us in front of our friends.
What is my perception of God? God is love.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT~
This is how I believe that God deals with our sin. Don’t get me wrong…we are not perfect, nor will we ever be able to perfectly live up to the holiness of God. We are unarguably, and definitely, sinners. But God is patient and kind, not boastful or rude, and most importantly, he keeps no record of wrong.
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
~1 John 1:8-10 NLT~
The last thing is this… we should not be so quick to jump on board the “Jesus-thinks-you’re-guilty” bandwagon. It is not our purpose or role to judge others, only God’s. So consider whether or not you’re playing the “holier-than-thou” card when it comes to recognizing that a brother or sister has sinned.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
~Colossians 3:13-15 NLT~
Christ’s love to you all!