Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent – March 17, 2015

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” – Jeremiah 31:34

How natural it is to remember the pain that another has caused us. The nature of our Old Adam keeps a mental record of every slight and every offense ever to happen upon us. We catalog them into lesser and greater iniquities. Smaller wrongs can be overlooked but an accumulation can cause relationships to sour and be broken. If the offense is large enough we may even be tempted to say, “I will never forget what you’ve done to me.” This is a way of letting the other party know that our relationship is broken and can never be repaired.

Thanks be to our merciful God that He does not deal with us the way that we deal with others. A part of the “new” covenant that God makes with the House of Israel is to place the guilt and fault for our sins upon His Son. Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin. The relationship between God and man that once was broken and beyond human repair has been restored and made whole by the blood of the Lamb. The Son of God has made it possible for us to rejoice in the restored relationship: “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Can there be anything more precious than to hear our Lord say, “I forgive you, I will remember you sins no more.”

Prayer: My guilt, O Father, You have laid on Christ Your Son, my Savior. Lord Jesus, You my debt have paid and gained for me God’s favor. O Holy Spirit, Fount of grace, the good in me to You I trace; in faith and hope preserve me. (If Your Beloved Son, O Lord LSB 568:5)

This devotion was written by Rev. Gerald Kapanka, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IA.

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