Chronological Bible: September 20, Living forgiven…

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  • Nehemiah 1:1-11

“‘but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make My name dwell there.’” –Nehemiah 1:9, ESV

I have a problem accepting forgiveness. I see my sins, I repent of them, and though Jesus says I am forgiven, I tend to keep re-analyzing the situation, remembering the wrong instead of embracing the forgiveness and moving forward in freedom. My skill at analyzing turns inward and I can focus on that which the Savior says is no longer an issue. This is a chosen prison, never accepting that the love of Jesus is greater than anything I could do to change that love.

I see this same sin in others. As one who has people who report to me at work, I see some not taking their mistakes seriously, and in ways those are easier to handle. There is a process,a procedure, and series of actions that come with addressing that kind of behavior. But my heart breaks and I tear my hair out over the one who will not accept that being 2 minutes late on one day in the span of 1 year is not the end of the world and will not result in a letter of reprimand. “It was two minutes! One time! You’ve apologized! Let’s move on,” is what I am thinking. And yet, I find that the things in life that annoy me most are the very things I do as well.

At work, there isn’t a pre-determined process for getting someone to move on from a mistake. There is no step-by-step procedure to follow that will result in resolution of that problem, for it is an internal problem. And the same is true for whether I accept forgiveness from Jesus. It is an internal issue. He has promised it, He has given it; it is a matter of whether I will take Him at His word. Nehemiah did.

“‘but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make My name dwell there.’” –Nehemiah 1:9, ESV

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