February 22 Your Sin Is Forgiven

Scripture Reading: Psalm 85

Key Verse: Psalm 85:2

You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.

The store manager listened as the little girl explained how her mom had told her she could have only one toy car. However, not being able to choose between two, she stole the second one.

At home she tried to act surprised when two cars popped out of the same box, but her mom saw through her folly. Once her dad was home from work, the truth came out, and they returned to the store.

Looking up at the manager with tears in her eyes, the little girl told him she was sorry. Her dad paid for the item and placed it in his pocket. On their way home, she touched her father’s hand and said, “Daddy, I’m sorry. I don’t ever want to do that again.”

He held her tiny hand in his and said, “Honey, that was a hard lesson for you to learn. But I hope you realize what happens when you do something wrong. I also want you to know your mom and I love you very much and so does God.”

Once they were back home, he reached inside his pocket and tossed the toy in the trash. The little girl blinked in confusion. “Dad, why did you do that?”

“Because you’re forgiven. Once you tell God you are sorry and receive His forgiveness, He’ll never bring that sin up again and neither will I.”

Lord, I am so thankful that my sins are gone. You will never bring them up again. You have forgiven me; now help me to forgive myself.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 55). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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