Steve watched a young friend typing on the computer. When he made a typo, he just hit the delete key, corrected the error, and went on.
Steve spoke up: "With typewriters, it wasn't so simple. We had to erase our mistakes. Or try to. It usually left a smudge or at least an impression." The young man's blank stare made it clear: He'd never used a typewriter.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. When we go to God and confess our "typos," God hits the delete key. Because of Jesus, the page is clean: no imprint of the former sin, no eraser marks, no smudges. Our mistakes aren't gone a little—God deletes them for good . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. (Acts 13:38)
Originally Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010
This is the good news of the Gospel: "The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins" (Rom. 8: 3-4).