“Lord, if You kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But You offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear You” [Psalms 130 v 3]
“Grace” – the unmerited or undeserved favour of God to mankind – God’s “reckless love” for each of us.
Here’s another quote from Philip Yancey’s book, “What’s so Amazing about Grace?”
Strangely, God is closer to sinners than to “saints”. (By saints I mean those people renowned for their piety – true saints never lose sight of their sinfulness). As one lecturer in spirituality explains it,
“God in heaven holds each person by a string. When you sin, you cut the string. Then God ties it up again, making a knot – and thereby bringing you a little closer to Him. Again and again your sins cut the string – and with each further knot God keeps drawing you closer and closer.”
[© 1997 by Philip D Yancey]
Isn’t it amazing to think that our sins (if we repent of them) don’t drive us further away, but bring us closer to the God who offers forgiveness – time after time after time? (as one commentator put it, “seventy times seven is a lot of times!)
Thank you for Your reckless love that is always willing to forgive, and draw me closer to You – in spite of myself. Help me to forgive as I have been forgiven.