Here we have come to Saturday. Not normally a day you would sit and read a blog, but you are here with us and you are diving in. We are taking everything from this past week and putting it together today. Here is our friend Matthew West with his video. You probably have it memorized by now.
Our God is a master. He creates something from nothing; beauty from ashes; brand new from old. He loves new beginnings. Because we are in His image, we too can create new realities, fresh starts, and unique melodies.
Psalm 32: 1-2 says, “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” This is where we are now called to live our forgiveness. There is no going back to the way it was. The sin has been washed away and is no more. You cannot go back to pick it up and live with it on your shoulder any longer. It’s gone. Further in chapter thirty-two we read, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgression to the Lord’-and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” He forgave the guilt of my sin! No, really. He did it already. There is no reason to still be convening in it. Get out!
Just as He has forgiven us from our sin because we acknowledged them to Him, we are now to let go of the sins that have been brought against us and forgive others. Not just go through the motion of saying, “I forgive you”, but with sincerity of heart.
I have not always been a great person. (Those who know me and are reading this are nodding their head.) While I was the acting worship leader of a beautiful congregation I had a great friend. When I needed her she was there without question. She lifted me up, praised my talents, helped with my children and loved me for me. I wanted nothing more than to be as good as a friend to her as she was to me, so I overlooked and justified a huge problem area for many months. I finally came to a place in my relationship with God, and with the elders of the church, where I couldn’t hide the fact that I was an enabler and not a real friend. A true friend would have recognized the harm right away and, even in pain, would have said something. Our friendship had gotten to the point that any words from me about the “problem” would have been disastrous. I had to confess my wrongdoing to my pastor and take whatever steps necessary to help my friend. It didn’t go well, but though I lost that friend because she felt betrayed by me, I know that she got the help she needed and God blessed her life with more life and long time dreams came true for her. I wish I had not been the kind of friend I was in the beginning and been the person who was grounded in truth with her.
In the most intimate act of worship Jesus stepped forward to wash the feet of His disciples as we read in John 13. Peter objects to Jesus kneeling before him to wash his dirty feet. (They were really dirty. No pavement then. Sandals for shoes. DIRT.) How would you feel if you were in Peter’s position? Yet Jesus insists and, through his actions, provides an emotionally charged illustration of genuine humility and love.
The washing of feet is a way to show that the sins and quarrels that had previously surrounded were now washed clean away; not be taken back. Is there someone whose feet you need to wash? Have you been carrying guilt of a transgression that you have committed or one that has been committed against you? How can you wash the feet of another? Though you may not be physically near the person whom you need to do this with, you can do a spiritual cleaning of feet through prayer and I encourage you to take that step with Christ now.
Further Scriptures you will want to study: John 13; Psalm 19:12; Psalm 86:5; Jeremiah 33:6-9; Matthew 18:21-22; Colossians 3:13; Luke 7:47-50
I have one more day of goodness for you. Come tomorrow. You will not regret it. It won’t take much of your time. A glance really and a decision. See you tomorrow for the final day of Release It!