Forgiveness: Feelings and Fact – Waltrip’s Good Wipeout
Key Bible Verse: “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. … I can make you as white as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
Bonus Reading: Psalm 51:1-17
I did some terrible things in my past—stuff that was against God’s will, offensive to Him, sin. Some things were worse than others but God hated them all. I had to confess them. Then He wiped the slate clean.
But it took a while for me to believe the slate was really clean. I thought of it more like writing something on a piece of paper and then erasing it. The words are erased, but if you hold the paper just right, you can still see the letters. That’s how I felt. I thought, Okay, it’s not there anymore; but if I turn it just right, I can see where it used to be.
It’s hard to accept the fact that the slate is clean. It’s natural to think we can never be totally forgiven for things we’ve done.
A lot of people don’t fully understand how God treats confession. They live in the past. They won’t move on.
But I’ve confessed my sins to God. I know God forgives. The Bible declares that He does. No image remains. That means I can have a clear conscience about where I am today. Christ died so that we could be forgiven of our sins. We’ve got to realize that, and take advantage of it.
— Darrell Waltrip in Darrell Waltrip: One-on-One
My Response: Am I shackled to my past, or am I moving on in the freedom of forgiveness?
Adapted from Darrell Waltrip: One-on-One (Regal, 2004)