I've written before about the daily devotionals I participate in provided by She Reads Truth. It's evolved a lot in the last year, and the community is constantly growing. I can't say enough good things about how it has helped me to create a daily quiet time that I don't want to miss. And that was really the point when it all started. For women to be in the Word together. If you're looking for a Bible study, if you want to make daily Bible reading a priority, check it out.
This Lent season, She Reads Truth has set aside Friday's as sharing days. Where we are challenged to take a look at scripture and share how it speaks to us. This week's passage is Psalm 130. I'm not a teacher, but here's my stab at it.
"If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? v. 3
I recently got in an argument with someone I love very much. That argument was the result of hurts that keep coming up, again, and again, and again. As I listened again to all the ways I've hurt this person over the years, two things happened.
First I got angry. And then I got sad. In my anger, I wanted to list out for her all the ways I too had been hurt in our relationship. But I was also sad, and feeling like a complete failure of a person and didn't know how to fix the relationship, to move on from these hurts that kept coming up.
How many times do we do that? Bring up past hurts. Hurts we've already acknowledged, but never moved on from?
How many times do we beat ourselves up for the things we've done or failed to do in the past? I know I do.
God doesn't do that. He doesn't hold our sins against us.
Y'all, there is a but after that statement. The best "but" of all.
"But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you." verse 4
God doesn't turn our sins into a bully stick, to be pulled out and used to beat us over the head with time and time again. No. He offers us forgiveness. He offers us his son. He offers us freedom from our sins.
Isn't that what this Lenten season is all about? Looking toward the cross. Knowing that we are all miserable failures, but for God.
Let's remember God's forgiveness and stop using past sins to beat ourselves (and others) with.