Friday 30 August, 2019
“If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness…” (Psalm 130:3-4)
In 2013 while an undergraduate student, a final year student borrowed my one-month old computer laptop which I had never lend to anyone else and it was grabbed from her by thugs that same night. Knowing very well that she couldn’t raise even a quarter of the cost for replacing the computer, my friend came to me sobbing, she was in a great despair. As she narrated the ordeal of the loss of the computer, I realized that the same thugs could have grabbed the PC from me as they did with her. So, I decided to forgive. My friend got so much relieved after I pronounced forgiveness.
God is an all-forgiving God, much more than any humankind can ever forgive. In contrast, mankind is a sinner (Rom 3:23), for no one could stand before the LORD if he were to mark our iniquities (Ps 130:3). I have sinned, you have sinned, even the most innocent person you can ever think about has sinned. No single mankind can claim innocence of iniquity before God. God is holy, man is sinful, separated from God (Rom 6:23).
However, there is good news: in God there is forgiveness. ‘As far as the east is from the west so does the LORD remove our iniquities from us’ (Ps 103:12) if we come to him with a contrite heart.
We must admit our sinfulness, confess our sins before him and he will not only forgive but cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:8-10). The starting point however, is to come to terms with God through his Son Jesus Christ through whom we are not only forgiven but gifted with eternal life (Rom 6:24).
May your soul long for the LORD, the all-forgiving God and He will redeem you from your iniquities.
Prayer: Deliver and redeem me O LORD from my iniquities by your steadfast love through Christ Jesus I pray. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a pastor in the Church of Uganda, Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile.