June 25, 2006

oh I think I get it now...

A good friend (who also has 3 small boys) and I were relating about how similar our middle sons are, especially how sensitive they are compared to our older ones. We have to discipline Carter differently than older brother Noah. There are times that Carter will still say he is sorry for breaking a toy, spilling his drink, kicking the dog, etc. even days after it happened. When I'd already forgotten about it! It's common for me to say, "Carter honey, it's ok. We forgave you, and I've already forgotten about it. You don't have to keep bringing it up and saying you're sorry."

DING!

The light came on.

As I was talking to my friend, saying those very things... I said, "Wow. How many times do we do that with God? We keep saying we're sorry again and again when he forgave us the first time."

I love the song Ocean Floor by Audio Adrenaline

They're all behind you
They'll never find you
They're on the ocean floor
Your sins are forgotten
They're on the bottom
Of the ocean floor

Psalm 103:12, in the Contemporary English version says

How far has the LORD taken
our sins from us?
Farther than the distance
from east to west

And look at the Message Bible, taken from Psalm 103!

God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he's rich in love.
He doesn't endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.

Am I the only one that needed this today? Can I get an Amen?

10 comments:

  1. I know I can beat myself up over past sins. Through Jesus God washes us clean -- sins are erased, forgotten, ripped COMPLETELY out!!!

    Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. That is a great post! Perfect for the Lord's day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. AMEN SISTA! and btw, my husbands middle brother is more sensative then the other 2 boys! he gets real emotional and my hubs is like "dude, you're 30 years old, suck it up!" heehee.

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  4. Oh girl! You hit the nail on the head! I luv you more, everytime I read you! (in a non-weird way, of course!)

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  5. A much needed reminder! Sometimes I need these things posted on my forehead.

    I'm usually not a big fan of the Message version of things, but in this case it is worded beautifully. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks girl! Just wondering . . . how did you get the vaccine 500 lb thing on your blog? I'd like to add it to mine! Amy

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  7. This is SO true! I don't know how many times I have caught myself doing this. I think it is the guilt of our sins that brings this out in us. I have to pray that He takes my guilt away also. Great Post!!

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  8. I'm still saying sorry for stuff I did over twenty years ago. Oh to be able to let go...

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  9. Thank you, I was grappling with the discipline prob yesterday, as my middle (and usually very good) got into trouble for writing on the HOUSE!!! Can you imagine? Anyway, disciplining him is sooo different than his older brother and I try to be fair, but I have to remember that they are different people and therefore, fair has nothing to do with it. Anyway, he mopes and pouts for EVER after the fact, even when I've said "it's over, I am not mad anymore and you need to quit . . . " oh I am rambling, thanks for the post!

    Carrie

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