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The Secret Burden by Robby Dilmore
A much loved-minister of God once carried a secret burden of long-past sin deep in his heart. He had committed the sin many years before, during his Bible school training. No one knew what he had done, but they did know he had repented. Even so, he had suffered years of remorse over the incident without any sense of God’s forgiveness.
A woman in his church deeply loved God and claimed to have visions in which Jesus Christ spoke to her. The minister, skeptical of her claims, asked her, “The next time you speak to the Lord, would you please ask Him what sin your minister committed while he was in Bible school.” The woman kindly agreed.
When she came to the church a few days later the minister asked, “Did He visit you?”
She said, “Yes.”
“And did you ask Him what sin I committed?”
“Yes, I asked Him,” she replied.
“Well, what did He say?”
“He said, ‘I don’t remember.”
It is comforting to read about God’s forgiveness. I remember my own sins, I beat myself up about them. Shame still hovers like a shadow. Sometimes I feel like I’ve asked for forgiveness for the same thing a thousand times. But what we read in Hebrews 8, tells of a love and forgiveness so perfect that our dirtiness is washed clean. He FORGETS the sin as part of His forgiveness.
And knowing that, when we are told in Ephesians 4 to forgive each other as we have been forgiven, we should also be willing to forget one another’s sins and not hold those sins against each other.
There is a thoroughness we must strive for as we forgive each other and ourselves. We are not perfect and we need forgiveness from God and from others daily. We have been called to love God and love others, and forgiveness for each other comes out of that love.
God is love. And His love is so perfect He covers our guilt and shame completely. Let us gain the strength we need, through thankfulness for our own forgiveness, to do this for each other.
I love you, Church!