Today's encouragement comes from Micah 7:18a & 19b, which relates these fabulous words:"Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? . . . You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea."
One of the greatest blessings we can possibly possess is the forgiveness of our sins. This is a magnificent deed God performs in us. If we are forgiven of our sins, it took the very blood of God's own dear Son to bring this about. God had to overcome our hearts, the fallen world, and the devil, in order to pro-cure the pardon of our iniquities—in Jesus Christ alone.
. . . But if we are forgiven our sins, nothing else really much matters. If we are fully and perfectly justified in Jesus, and hence have a clear and clean consci-ence before Almighty God—is it of any great consequence that we have to go through trials and tribulations? We have already obtained God’s supernal Gift (Christ).
[Puritan quote of the day: "They dishonor the pardoning grace of God . . . by seeking and expecting it any other way than through the mediation of the Son of God.” —Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "Gospel Remission"]