Recently, I spoke at the church I pastored for 19 years during their mission’s month. I was talking to some friends when a man approached me and brought up a mistake I’d made in the past during a wedding ceremony. He enjoyed recounting my mistake in the company of other people and laughed at my discomfort as I remembered the event. Here’s the thing: the wedding took place over 14 years ago, but he remembered it like it was yesterday. I think he enjoyed reminding me how imperfect I am, while I remembered the embarassment of the moment.
Reflecting on his actions that day, I was reminded of one of my favorite verses: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.” Psalm 103: 12. Looking at the promise of this verse, I remember and rejoice that God doesn’t keep a record of my wrongs. He refuses to continually bring my shortcomings up before me or tell others about mistakes I have made. He loves me, forgives me and takes my sins away.
As God forgives and acts, so must I. This was another good reminder to me after that day: I need to make sure I am remembering the right things when it comes to my interaction with others. I want to be an encourager and builder, not a fault-finder. Anyone with me on this?