Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Forgiven

The enormity of forgiveness sometimes overwhelms me. I hear the Father say:
"...for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
(Jeremiah 31:34),
and I weep with my own remembering. Tears of gratitude race down my cheeks and I long to do something worthy of such love.

And so I come, dressed in my best robes fashioned from the very best I can do for Him. I stand before Him and look down at what I have created and understand the truth:
"...And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment..." (Isaiah 64:6)


He, however, doesn't seem to notice the filth and tatters. His face is filled with love and tenderness as Grace Himself steps in front of me and transforms my rags to a garment of righteousness.




With unfathomable love, He puts His robe around me, and I am perfect in the Father's eyes. It is a gift beyond measure, and it takes my breath away.





More thoughts on forgiveness at Ann's.

Blessings,
Linda

13 comments:

Glynn said...

Beautiful post, Linda.

grammy said...

Wonderful words. Very beautiful. Thanks (o:

Maxine said...

That first picture is really, really something. Love it. And I love these thoughts on forgiveness. Praise the Lord.

Linda said...

This, I am printing and carrying around with me for the next few days. Someday in heaven I will tell you how timely this was for me. I thank God for you, because I can feel Him ministering to my wounds through you.

emily wierenga said...

i am trying to grasp this concept of grace in a novel i'm writing right now, linda. thank you for helping flesh it out for me. love to you...

Sandy said...

Grace Himself...how great and awesome He is.
We really have no concept of this marvelous
and unconditional love He has for us. I live
in awe of Him and His forgiveness.
Thank you for such an inspiring post.
Be blessed,
Sandy

christy rose said...

It takes my breath away too!

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

Yes, it's impossible both to earn and to fully grasp. I am so grateful. Thanks for the reminder.

Deidra said...

Forgiveness is an amazingly wonderful gift. An action that offers freedom and light and hope.

Monica Sharman said...

The amazement over forgiveness never gets old, does it? Thank you for reminding me of what a precious gift I have received.

Maria said...

Linda, this is beautiful... It goes to the heart of what forgiveness means. I finished the book "Tale of Despereaux" with my sixth graders a few weeks ago, and although it is written for children, there is much for the adult, as the theme is forgiveness...
Your writing paints an image that is very symbolic of our human nature and of God's immeasurable nature.
Grateful for the time spent here ~ Maria

Bev said...

I heard a devotional on 'filthy rags' over 27 years ago and still remember it - what it signified - moving stuff!

Anne@Rosydreamer said...

Really beautiful post. My third and fourth grade students were thinking about Jesus' suffering today, and I was explaining the meaning of the hymn, Calvary Covers It All. The image of the man being given a white robe was exactly what I was trying to help them see. I'll share it with them after lunch today.