How does God deal with my sin? Look up and read these next seven verses. Look for the answers as you read the verses in your Bible.
1. Micah 7:19. What does God do with my own sin?
2. Psalm 103:1-10. What promises do I read in these verses?
3. Psalm 103:10-12. Where does God put my sin when He deals with it?
4. Isaiah 38:17b. How does Isaiah say that God removed his sins?
5. Psalm 25:7. David is crying to God for mercy. In his prayer, he expresses something very important. He says that his sin is remembered NO MORE.
6. Isaiah 43:25. What does God say about Himself and my sin?
7. Hebrews 8:12 says: ‘For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Then He adds in Hebrews 10:17, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’
8. Consider this: God does not remember your sin. He casts your sin behind His back as far as the east is from the west, never to remember it again. What will it take for you to forgive those who you blame?
9. What steps can I take to activate forgiveness in my life?
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY: Use a group of small stones and a bag of some kind to hold the stones. Transfer each name listed on your offenders list to an individual rock. Next, put the ‘named’ rock into your ‘bitterness bag.’ that your care-giver will provide. If you are not participating in a group, just use a grocery sack.
You may be thinking, however, ‘BUT I DON’T HAVE THE STRENGTH OR DESIRE TO FORGIVE THEM’
You might say they don’t deserve to be forgiven. It is human to want to seek revenge, but you might want to read Deuteronomy 32:35. What does God say here about vengeance? VENGEANCE IS MINE SAYS THE LORD! -(NOT _YOURS!)
If vengeance truly belongs to God, then what can you do enable you to forget about getting even or seeking revenge on those who have hurt you. If you can’t forgive someone, pray the following prayer:
‘Dear Father God, I need your help to see my violator as you see them. Let me see them through the eyes of your mercy. In Jesus Name I pray.’
The best way to complete this exercise is to go to a local body of water: pond, lake, ocean, stream. Stand with your back to the water. Take each stone out of the bag one at a time. Pray over it and don’t vent your anger, which would violate scripture, but model your action after that of God. Cast it behind your back into the water symbolizing God casting your sin into the sea of forgetfulness. Don’t let go of the rock until you can consciously make the choice to quit blaming the person. This means that as an act of your will you choose to obey Jesus Christ to agree with God about that person.
Then when you cast it over your shoulder, you can’t see where it lands. Thus, you can’t go back and get it. To often we forgive and then retrieve it back That is like throwing out our garbage and then chasing after it to retrieve it.
Complete this exercise as sincerely as you can. The goal is to empty your bag of stones through specific forgiveness of each violator. Once you have emptied your Bitterness Bag of every stone, think about how you feel. When we forgive others, it lifts a major load off of ourselves because as we forgive others, it clears the way for God to forgive us.
1. Did you sense a release when you emptied your bag of stones?
2. Do you now have a less angry feeling about the person(s) that hurt you?
3. Is there one particular stone you could not throw away?
4. Did you hit the wall saying ‘I can’t forgive myself?’