For those whose record the Lord has cleared ...

David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles? -Romans 4:6-9 NLT

Have you ever had a moment when you did not get the punishment that you deserved? Reminds me of that moving moment in Les Misérables when Jean Valjean is found by police to be in possession of silverware from the church. He is brought back to Bishop Myriel fully expecting to be condemned for his theft. In a moment of unexpected and glorious forgiveness the Bishop not only denies that Valjean stole the silverware but gives him precious candlesticks as well.

This beautiful image reminds me how God forgives us and blesses us with precious gifts. We are Jean Valjean. We have done nothing to earn the good will of God. We are brought before him with the stolen goods of pride and ego. And in an instant we are set free. And like Valjean we stand in utter disbelief that God would be so kind to us. The clearance of our sins is so unbelievable. How can we not, with the faithful of all ages, rejoice in such forgiveness.

Words escape us Lord. How can we say thanks for all you have done for us? To God be the glory!

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