Psalm 130:3-4 “If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness…” John writes that God is love. This is not just an attribute borne from the self-will of a deity, but John said that Love is the essence of His nature. God is the definition of love; not just a response.
Paul defined this matter in writing to the church at Corinth. In that narrative we find the quintessential definition of God toward us. Paul said (1 Cor. 13:5)that love “keeps no record of wrongs.” A record is evidence of a fact. It is the written description that dispels opinion and controversy. A record is that body of proof that something exists which cannot be removed; it cannot be denied. It lingers in time and never quite leaves the realm of awareness.
Who could stand before His Holiness? The answer is “no one!” But thanks be to God that He keeps no record of wrongs because He is merciful and kind. He removes our shame andexpunges our failures from His sight.
When we are covered by the Blood, there is no remaining proof of our past. When we are born again of water and the Spirit, there is no evidence of the infractions levied against the Cross. He has taken them and they are buried in the waters of baptism because in Him, there is forgiveness.” Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole