Broken But Forgiven

ďLovely to look at, delightful to hold, but if you should break it consider it sold!Ē

My wife and I had a similar sign in our antique shop and liked another which read: ďUnattended children will be sold as slaves.Ē Touchers and holders made us nervous. Of course, we expected our customers to handle and examine what interested them. Looking only is akin to buying sight unseen. Fortunately there were no breaks.

We see similar signs when visiting antique stores, but it doesnít prevent our touching, holding, examining or running our fingers over items that interest us. Sometimes even with stuff we have no intention of buying. And luckily, weíve never broken anything either.

My life, on the other hand, hasnít been so privileged. Iíve broken trust, relationships, laws, rules, reputations, guidelines, and a host of other things I donít care to remember. And Iíve been broken by other peopleís bad decisions, unkind comments, false accusations and criminal acts. Who hasnít?

When I consider what Iíve done to others and had done to me, Godís word is strikingly comforting: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (Hebrews 8:12)

Reflecting on Godís modus operandi in the Old Testament, the writer relishes the change. No more continuous animal sacrifices, attempting to cover his sins. No more blood and guts. No more persistent guilt feelings froml knowing an animalís death couldnít really pay for sins. No more trekking back and forth to Jerusalem in search of a priest to intercede for him.

And Iím glad too. I may be broken but Iím forgiven. The slate is wiped clean. No sins are overlooked or beyond Godís reach. No more animals. No more intercessors. Just the comfort of knowing Christís blood has mended the broken shards of my lifeís messes. Iím totally repaired; eternally free.

Face the future with courage and optimism knowing Christ is able to clean up your breaks free of charge.

Prayer: Merciful Lord, we thank You for the complete forgiveness we have in You.

Martin Wiles
Harleyville, South Carolina, USA

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