January 29–No Fishing Allowed!

It is true that our God is a Holy God and God hates sin. That will never change. However, through the sacrifice of Jesus we are pardoned and forgiven. When we confess and repent–sincerely, with not even one shred of self-justification, nor any blaming of anyone else at all–God delights to show us mercy!

God actively and intentionally separates us from our sins. Our Lord Jesus completely crushes them under His nail-pierced feet. And with His nail-scarred hands, He flings them forever into the depths of the sea. Never to disrupt our relationship with God again. 

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           Our God compassionately chooses to completely forgive us of each of our sins and free us from all the power of shame and entrapment those sins would hold over our lives.

In Jesus Christ our sins have been thoroughly and eternally punished. On the cross, even in His agony, Jesus cried out in victory, “It is finished!”

And He meant it.

When we confess and ask our Holy God to forgive us for the stupid, ugly, dark, evil sins that we have done. He does.

In His unfathomable love, God removes all of the blame and all of the shame of our sins. God delights to show us His mercy and compassion. God then does a victory dance, crushing our sins under His Holy Feet. His Holy Arms–once outstretched on the cross–then take our sins and hurl them into the depths of the sea!

So, Darlin’s, that means: NO FISHING ALLOWED!

Do not go grabbing for your Shame-On- Me-Fishing-Pole–and continue to drag out your sins–and beat yourself up over and over and over again for the sins you have sincerely confessed and from which you have truly repented. (If you haven’t, then, that’s another matter altogether.)

That Shame-On-Me-Fishing-Pole is really built from pride NOT humility. It is pride that keeps us entrapped in the pain, the embarrassment and the shock over the fact that we could have sinned in this way. It is pride that keeps us from accepting the full truth that only in Jesus are we forgiven. That we cannot add anything to the work Jesus completed on the cross for our forgiveness.

We cannot make ourselves any more forgiven by staying in a state of remorse. Our sins are ugly. The remorse we feel should only bring us, in full humility, to the foot of the cross so we will let the blood of Jesus completely cover our sins.

In humility there is freedom. Our sins and our shame have been hurled into the depths of the sea. In humility, we celebrate the grace and truth that it was Jesus who put up that sign: NO FISHING ALLOWED!

So! Don’t even go there! Don’t go that place where your heart is entrapped in pride and shame. NO FISHING ALLOWED!

Instead, take up your Freedom-Fishing-Pole, follow Jesus and become Fishers of men and women! 

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane