Wednesday, June 2, 2010

First Impressions

"And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more." (Hebrews 10:17)

Have you heard the little saying, "You only get one chance to make a first impression"? Unfortunately, there is a streak of shallowness in the best of us that makes us want to settle for quick judgments about people, based on appearances alone. And it's then left to those of us who are victims of these instant appraisals to try to achieve a more favorable judgment.

This sad phenomenon may be true when it comes to you and me, but it's not part of God's character. In His infinite wisdom and love, God has chosen to display profound, eternal forgetfulness when it comes to our sin, making each encounter with His forgiven child a veritable first impression, as if we were a "new creation," to quote A.W. Tozer. We who seek forgiveness through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ come to God each time with a clean slate, and a fresh chance to show Him just how much we love and adore Him.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead...impress!

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